I keep a million notes on student and classroom needs, assessment findings, etc. and I have begun to lean heavily on my voice dictation tools to get it all written down before I’ve forgotten it all. If you’ve never used Dragon Naturally Speaking, you should give the free version a trial run. I have the Dragon Dictation app on my iPod and use this for making notes throughout the day. Once back at the office, I upload the notes through my wi-fi onto the software on my desktop for transcription. We use it for our students with writing difficulties and also for our teachers who need to keep notes throughout the day without taking their hands off the students. It’s easy and it’s accurate! For more information on the full range of Dragon programs available, visit http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/index.htm
Voice Dictation With Dragon Software
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My name is Janice Reese and I LOVE assistive technology! I worked as an Occupational Therapist for more than 15 years, earned a Master’s degree in Education Technology, and I’m RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Profession (ATP). I have worked in the school system for many years now and I love using technology to enhance the lives of children with disabilities. Since my first love is teaching, I’ve spent just as much time training wonderful teachers everywhere to use these tools in their classrooms. AT4Kids, llc was founded in 2008 in an effort to provide quality instruction and resources for teachers, therapists, student users and parents who wanted to know more about using AT.
I currently serve as Director of the Center for Assistive Technology, a state-supported program of the Little TN Valley Educational Cooperative. LTVEC is a non-profit agency whose goal is to provide rehabilitation services and accessibility supports for students with special needs in east Tennessee. My AT4Kids blog is designed to be as a one-stop resource for ideas and information for those wanting to learn more about the use of AT with children in the special education setting.
I hope to offer helpful hints, program and product reviews, AT recommendations, links to great new finds on the web, and lists of resources for “all things AT”.