New products; software updates; innovative use of existing products – there’s so many reasons for revisiting issues previously discussed in this blog. Voice recogntion software is a key area of investigation and exploration.
Professional opinon and feedback from users: Dragon Naturally Speaking (latest version is 11) is still the best but the software built into Windows 7 is pretty good too. A demonstration from Craig Mills (JISC) using My StudyBar speech recognition showed that it is possible to get good accuracy from voice to text. Have a look for yourself and see what steps are involved. The computers in schools are using Windows XP and this demo is using Windows 7.
Key factors to it working are - competent, literate and motivated user, adult voice, no background noise, ability to identify and correct mistakes and punctuation, no support needed.
From discussion at the national ICT ASN group, all authorities are up against the same frustating issue of not being able to offer pupils as a workable option in schools.