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.
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.