STAGES OF TRAINING for VOICE RECORDING
Voice social media
Basic dictation into documents
Mapping with voice
Stand-alone voice files
Dictating longer answers⁄papers
Speech therapy tools
Voice recording is QUICK and EASY, and kids can 'write' without worry about their speed, spelling, punctuation, or handwriting. Voice recording, if implemented well, has the potential to help kids become CONFIDENT and enables their ability to have FUN while showing what they know and recording independently, so they can truly 'write' at their own cognitive and learning level!
1. VOICE RECORDING
Voice recording is the quickest and easiest technology with the greatest benefit for students.
Most voice recording tools are free or low cost, super easy to use, and your kids can start using them today!
Voice recording is truly one of the most powerful and yet overlooked types of skills and technology options available to our children today. In fact, these technology options have been available for a long time, but now with the advent of the vast number of handheld devices that children are using nowadays, voice recording options are available to many children on those devices alone.
Easy to use
Apart from the ease of availability of the technology tools, the simple act of recording their voice can allow children to become far more effective writers. It is extremely straightforward. The child touches the record button, talks and records their words and then when they are done, they can hit the stop button. Although this is a simplified explanation, and there are many other creative ways of using voice recording, the most basic form of recording voice with hitting record and then stop is something that all children can do.
Low cost or free
There are hundreds of different options for voice recording using technology. In many cases, these are free options already available to students on their handheld devices or their laptops. Otherwise, some tools are free and easily downloaded. Others are available for purchase, but in almost all cases they are low-cost programs.
Regardless of a child’s age, cognitive or learning level, or speech ability, all children are able to record their voice and by doing so, record their ideas, their information, their creativity! Although with voice recording the text does not appear on the screen, the child’s voice and their words are recorded. It’s really just like writing although there is no text. But the child’s words are recorded which should still be considered writing.
Eliminates motor coordination and physical task of writing
Voice recording involves hitting a button to record, talking and then hitting a button to stop recording. Although there are other more complex voice recording tools, the simple ones are truly as basic as this and very simple for every child. This allows the child to record the voice, essentially recording their ideas and thoughts just as in writing. However, it will enable them to record their ideas and information without the mechanical aspect of writing. The actual physical aspect of writing, maintenance of posture, the visual motor components of laying out work on a page, and the speed of physically creating text are all bypassed when a student is recording their voice.
The very nature of these voice input systems allows students to become more INDEPENDENT and more EFFECTIVE writers, thus increasing their achievement, overall independence, and their own responsibility for the work they produce. As they work independently, their ideas, thoughts and information they are recording are their OWN. They don't need to dictate to others to write for them. They don't need to concern themselves with what other people might be thinking about their responses and writing as if they are dictating to a person. Dictating to technology, which is patient and impartial will help students to become more confident and independent in recording their ideas, thoughts and information. Teachers can grade students on work that is indeed the student's own work.