Division of Standards and Learning Office of Exceptional Children Assistive Technology Services. Speech Recognition . Valeska Gioia, Ed.S. Stacy Springer, MS, OTR/L, ATP Mark Daniels, MS Ed. SC Department of Education Assistive Technology Specialists. What Exactly is Speech Recognition?.
Dictation has the potential to improve the writing performance of students with learning disabilities by removing the barriers created by the difficulties with mechanics.
To support quality of writing
Removes the motor demands of writing
Written Productivity Profile = difficulty with both writing & keyboarding
Requires quiet environment, consistency is more important than articulation
Typically not used for note taking, but for homework and independent written work
Concentration and attention
Reading and speech
Pronunciation and articulation
Consistency of speech and pronunciation is one of the most important prerequisites for success in using speech recognition. As long as any user is able to say words and phrases in the same or similar manner each time, speech recognition programs can learn to recognize individual patterns of speech. way each time.The user's voice quality, such as volume and pitch, and breath control should also be taken into account. The bottom line in terms of speech, is that it should be intelligible and consistent, but it need not be perfect in terms of articulation, pronunciation and quality.
Students who read at a third-grade level or higher, and who achieve scores of 1 on most of the items on the evaluation form, have extremely high potential for using speech recognition independently. In addition those students who are able to accurately isolate word recognition errors and make corrections/edit their work will do well with speech-recognition.
This document contains information from various sources on handwriting and/or keyboarding rates.
Built into the Operating SystemOpen Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Speech Recognition. Click Set up microphone, follow the instructions in the wizard.Dictate into almost any application (i.e. word processing, internet).
Speech Recognition –
Vista and Windows 7
Tazti (pronounced 'tasty') features include jot-a-note dictation, advanced voice search internet search sites, playing your favorite PC games, controlling iTunes, bookmark control, & web navigation. Create and use your own speech commands.
Training videos for Dragon Naturally Speaking:
Features and possibilities of speech recognition:
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