I recently stumbled across an edtech gem – VoiceNote II – a free speech-to-text Google extension or app that works well on Chromebooks and PCs. (Sorry, I don’t have access to a Mac, so I can’t try it on Apple’s iOS).
VoiceNote II is great for students who have dysgraphia or dyslexia – or who have oral responses mandated in their IEPs and 504 paperwork. However, all students – especially learners who have trouble typing – can benefit from VoiceNote II. It’s accuracy is top notch. I’ve been working with it for a couple of weeks, and I’ve had to make almost no corrections – even while using the microphone built into a Chromebook or PC.
When you first access VoiceNote II, you’ll have to set your language preferences within the globe icon, located in the lower left corner of the app’s interface. Then hit the microphone (screen right), allow access to your microphone, and you’re ready to roll.
Try experimenting with punctuation commands. For example, say the word “period” or “question mark” at the end of a sentence. Or insert the word “comma” in a sentence, and watch VoiceNote II add it on screen. From there, copy/paste your words where you need them.
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