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Provided by the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Act Program (MassMATCH)

November 19th, 2015

 Speech to Text or...?

Before you encourage speech to text, consider this sage advice from the Loudon County A.T. Team:

The idea that a student could talk directly to a computer and have his or her words instantly appear as text in a word processing document might be very attractive.... But, is it practical and least restrictive?

As with any tool, the student, environment, and task should be examined to select a tool that is a good fit. Speech to text is more involved than it may initially sound. Users must have good organizational skills, speak in clear and consistent patterns, patiently train the computer to understand them, have a quiet environment, be comfortable talking to the computer aloud among peers, and have the patience and skill to edit as needed.

Consider graphic organizers, recording thoughts and then typing those ideas, and utilizing word choice and other spelling supports. Consider voice recordings as an acceptable submission for assessing curricular knowledge.

Reminder: MassMATCH makes no endorsement, representation, or warranty expressed or implied for any product, device, or information set forth in this email or on its Web site. MassMATCH has not examined, reviewed, or tested any product or device here referred to.

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