Talk into microphone, text appears on the screen. 


Although it looks similar, speech recognition is quite different to voice recording. Especially from the perspective of the student or child doing the dictation. Voice recording is a very simple and easy to use technology for every child, whereas speech recognition is more complex to use and has a learning curve. Text appears on the screen with speech recognition, and so the end product is more like the writing that everybody expects of written words on a page.


Both voice recording and speech recognition have a part to play for students who are learning to write, and for those who have difficulty writing. Both are very valuable technologies, but there are differences and this website and accompanying book will cover those differences in detail, as well as the way that each type of technology can be used for maximum benefit with your children or students.


Speech recognition technologies have improved enormously over recent years, and they are readily available on so many technology platforms. These tools are powerful for learning and writing. Many of our children are already holding extremely accurate speech recognition technology right in their hands. Our job is to encourage them to use it, train them, and support their use of this technology for learning. 


All students should be using speech recognition tools for writing. Not exclusively of course, as they will always need to be keyboarding and using pen and pencil, but it is surprising how few students use speech recognition for writing, especially given the ready availability, increased accuracy, and power for writing that these tools offer.

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Speech recognition has the potential to improve student writing. However, the technology alone is not going to automatically make the child a better writer. Careful training and practice are needed for students to use this technology effectively.