Learning Enhanced with Naturally Speaking

T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), November 1999 | Go to article overview

Learning Enhanced with Naturally Speaking


When Corel purchased WordPerfect in 1997, they continued to provide Utah schools with special pricing on licensing and ways to help teachers implement their products into the education environment. Teachers found Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software, available with WordPerfect 8 and WordPerfect Office 2000, to be an affordable tool compatible with all types of instruction.

Accessibility software can be used in all types of classrooms, but the application has special appeal in those classrooms where keyboarding skills cannot be taught or students must find another way to interact with the computer. Such was the case when teachers in Davis School District and Nebo School District made the decision to use Dragon Naturally Speaking and WordPerfect.

An Effective, Easy Approach

Since WordPerfect 7 and 8 were being used on most of the computers in the classroom and labs, it was only logical to add Dragon Naturally Speaking to instruction. State approved resellers assisted schools with the licensing and upgrade paperwork. In Davis District, several Special Education teachers chose to add the software to their labs to help students. The simplicity of adding voice recognition software to the computers in the labs and schools was apparent from the start. Corel provides a CD with WordPerfect 8 that can be loaded at the same time as the application. A microphone and headset to be used with WordPerfect are also included and are easily attached to the CPU. Teachers found they didn't have a difficult time learning to work with the software and hardware. "I didn't have to do anything to load or change my machines. The reseller I worked with loaded all the computers and demonstrated to us how to set them up for voice recognition. I've never had it so easy and the kids were thrilled to help. …

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