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Google Voice Typing: How to Effectively Use this New Speech-to-Text Feature as an Accommodation in Your Classes!
Google recently released a voice dictation feature to add to their many other tools for accessibility. As mentioned in Fortune Magazine last week, this feature makes collaboration more of a conversation within a document, which is awesome, however using our teacher lens, it is also a great special education accommodation for struggling writers!
“Allow me to use the voice dictation feature as an accommodation, so I brainstorm ideas for a written topic verbally, get my thoughts down on paper, and then edit them directly within the document!“
Best for Students Who: Are much stronger orally than using written expression; Have difficulty writing (dysgraphia); Have a difficult time getting started writing.
Implementation Tips: Clearly define when your students can use the dictation tools (i.e. for writing projects, papers, and activities). Remedial penmanship or keyboarding practice can be provided at a different time.
Desired results: Improved ability for students to focus on their ideas instead of the act of writing; Improved confidence with written tasks.