This week my class used the iPads to introduce a new tool for the use of writing, blogging and completing reports. I discussed the idea with Silvia and we decided to teach a new method of “dictation” to everyone in the class and allow them to decide if they liked using it and if it helped them with their writing assignments.
We started with an introduction of the app “Dragon Dictation” and we explained its purpose. Many students had seen or heard of it before. Once we went over the rules and discussed how to use the app, we allowed them some time to “play” and “explore”. Their assignment was to use the dictation app and to reflect on how useful they found it to be and give their honest opinion of the app.
Here are a few of the things the students dictated:
My name is Zachary and I am going to talk about this app Dragon dictation to me I love this because it tonight when you’re doing my research project can help you. It can help you because when you’re like not even typing this app can help you make with typing everything that you want to send a research project and then all you have to do is just go back in like the way.
Right now I am on Dragon dictation! On Dragon dictation, you say things and it types it for you. Now my whole class is on Dragon dictation. It is useful because you can say anything you want to, e-mail it to yourself, and put it on your blog! I told you that this app is interesting.
Right now I am using an iPad two. I am using the app Dragon Dictation. I do not like this app. It does not work. It never gets one word correct. I do not need this app. I know how to type very fast.
What I noticed was that a few students were not interested in using this app. They found it frustrating and time consuming because the app didn’t always understand what they were saying. My students who have difficulty typing and/or getting their thoughts on paper (or on computer) really liked it a lot and they were completely engaged. I’m sure it will be a tool used by a few of my students on a regular basis and I’m glad they were able to be introduced to something new.