However if a student struggles with typing or spelling they may take those big awesome ideas and shrink them down to smaller words and shorter sentences.
Thankfully there are technology tools to help with this. Speech to text tools allow anyone to simply speak their words and have them typed up automatically.
Three of my favorite tools for this are Docs Voice Typing, Voice In Voice Typing, and the Dictation Tool in ChromeOS See below for a short 5-minute video demonstrating these tools, as well as written directions for using them.
Here's how it works:
- This will open up a floating microphone.
- To start dictating to the document, we simply click the microphone icon.
- Do note that you will need to give permission to use your microphone the first time you use Voice Typing.
- Now anything you say will automatically be typed into the document.
- In addition to words, you are also able to say punctuation. For a full list of all the commands you can speak, click the question mark icon below the microphone, and this will open up a help menu with all of the details.
- When done, we just click the microphone again to stop the speech to text.
- Just click on the "Tools" menu as normal, and choose "Voice type speaker notes".
- When you click the microphone, anything you say will be typed into the speaker note section at the bottom of the screen.
- Voice Typing does not type directly onto the slide, but you can always copy and paste the text from the speaker notes into the slide as needed.
- All we need to do is click inside of the text box we need to complete
- Then click on the Voice In Voice Typing extension, which looks like a little microphone.
- And then start speaking.
- Anything you say will now be typed in the form.
- This can be very helpful for students when taking a quiz or writing an email.
- We then click the microphone icon again to stop the speech to text.
- We can right click on the extensions and choose "Options".
- Here we can change the dictation language we wish to use.
- And also get a list of built-in voice commands for punctuation and more.
- First click in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook screen to open the system menu.
- Here click on the "Accessibility" icon.
- Note: If you do not see the "Accessibility" icon you can click on the gear to go into the advanced settings to turn it on.
- Now from the "Accessibility" menu click on the "Dictation" option to enable speech to text.
- This will put a little microphone icon down in the bottom right corner.
- Anytime you need to do speech to text just click on the "Dictation" icon and start speaking.
- Anything you say will automatically be typed into the computer wherever you are.
- This works in websites, documents, forms, and more.
- Google Tools to Support All Learners - https://bit.ly/curts-support