Thursday, December 18, 2014

Technology Thursday

Yay, it's Technology Thursday & time to highlight favorite apps! I'm sure you've had the problem of knowing your students know the content they are being tested on, yet they bomb the test. A familiar phrase in my class is, "Get it out of your head and onto the paper!" Easier said than done. An app I discovered a couple of years ago is called Dragon Dictation.
It is available for iPods and iPads. Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text. Students speak into the device and it records their voice as text! This works especially well with my kids who have difficulty getting their thoughts written down and who are not yet fluent in keyboarding skills.

Students have used it to read test questions aloud, then explain their answers. After they are finished, there's an option of emailing it. Students send it to me & I print it out. Dragon Dictation has been especially helpful with determining if a student is truly having difficulty with comprehension of content or just with writing it down. If it seems as though the student has the correct answers, but they are jumbled within their response, I have the student underline or highlight the specific parts of their answers that are the key points. In this manner, they are learning not to ramble on (as they do in writing) and to organize their thoughts before writing responses. 

Give it a try!! Thanks to The Teaching Trio for hosting this linky party!

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