How can we use the Speech to Text Function and how does it benefit the child?

Speech to text functions helps learners to convert speech into text. This can come handy when learners are unable to spell specific words or have difficulties typing sentences.

Speech to text function also makes note-taking a breeze for students who struggle with note-taking, or have difficulties keeping up with speeches.

Microsoft, Google and Apple have built speech recognition capabilities into their operating systems, services and products, so dyslexic learners can easily try out these features to find out whether speech recognition might be right for them. As the availability of Speech to Text functions are on the rise and readily available in most devices and software, students can get familiar with the function, which is usually identifiable with the microphone icon.

How can we set-up the Speech to Text Function on the iPad?

  1. Tap the microphone button on the device’s on-screen keyboard. This tells the iPhone or iPad that you want to start dictating.
  2. Talk. The device will listen to your voice and turn it into text as you talk. Be sure to read over the keywords below to find out how to start a new sentence or a new paragraph.
  3. Tap the Done button that appears on-screen to stop dictating. It may take a few seconds to turn the last words into text on the screen. Be sure to read it over. Voice dictation isn’t perfect, so you may need to make a few adjustments using the keyboard.

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Soofrina Mubarak, Senior Educational Therapist, EdTech Coordinator, English Language and Literacy Division
Kalphna C, Educational Therapist
Nur Syahirah Jasni, Educational Therapist

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