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Dictation apps to support writers

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Started by agilchrist 26 Jul 2016 4:17pm () Replies (3)

Hoping someone has a gem of a suggestion.  Can anyone recommend a dictation app or an app with a similar tool that can be used on the iPads to support writers in our junior school?




  • Jim Cullinane (View all users posts) 26 Jul 2016 6:26pm ()

    Good news, you already can and don't even need an app. It's built-in.


  • Coll O'Connor (View all users posts) 27 Jul 2016 9:26am ()

    Hello, yes Jim is absolutely correct. The iPad has it's own speech recognition capability.  At the bottom of the keyboard you will see a microphone icon. This activates iPad Dictation. You must have wifi turned on. I have tested this recently and the accuracy out of  140 words was 128 correct words/140. 10 wrong words and 2 missing words.  Dragon can be downloaded for free on to iPad. The accuracy was better with 136 correct words out of 140, 4 wrong words ( Maori words) and no missing words.

    Note: if there is no microphone icon on the virtual keyboard , it means that you have an older model iPad, so downloading Dragon would be a good option..

    Chrome connects to a pretty good online speech recognition tool with good accuracy as well.

    The Accessibility , Ease of Access tool on your Microsoft desk top works ok  - you need a headset microphone.

    I will be publishing information on Speech recognition apps, Captioning apps in the next week in the Assistive Technology group.



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