Teacher Review For Dragon Dictation

A great tool for older students who are challenged in the area of written expression.

Annette Y.
Special Education Instructor
East Middle School Farmington Hills, MI 48336
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My Grades 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use the free Dragon app on my personal iPhones to support students in the writing process. At the start of the writing process, my students may use the program to make an individual or colloborative typed list of their brainstormed ideas. After students have written their first draft I have used Diction to quickly type their work and then saved it to a Google document that allows me to make comments. In this way, I have provided support to students in reivising and editing their writing assignments for their general education English class.
My Take
Dragon is a speech to text tool that requires clear articulation and knowledge of voice commands. It really does a nice job of picking up spoken language. A quiet location for using the tool is beneficial and will yield the best results. Students will benefit from having a cheat sheet of commands for including punctuation. At some point the program will stop typing and the text may be emailed or the user may paste the material into a document. The text produced on Dragon will contain substitute words rather than spelling errors. Spell checking will not recognize errors within the Dragon text.