Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Voice Recognition Technology in the Classroom

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Voice Recognition Technology in the Classroom

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Over the past several years, voice recognition (VR) technology has become a normal part of our daily existence. As it becomes more sophisticated, and its usability increases, so do the number of conceivable ways in which VR can aid us in our everyday lives. Now this remarkable tool is being introduced into the higher education classroom.

An experiment entitled the "Liberated Learning Project" is already underway, in which professors use wireless microphones to send their voices to a program that projects spoken words on to a screen, not only giving the students a chance to catch parts of the lecture they did not hear or understand but also allowing them to review the class material with the actual lectures verbatim. This is especially helpful for the hearing impaired and those whose first language is not English.

But this technology is not only going to benefit students while they are on campus. A similar application now on the market gives students the ability to compose and edit written work orally. One of these applications, NaturallySpeaking, is compatible with most popular word processing programs. For those students who feel inhibited in their writing but are prolific with the spoken word, this may allow them to take directions in their writing they never thought possible.

There are even voice recognition foreign language learning tools and step-by-step reading applications, both of which can actually evaluate the individual's progress. …

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