Will keyboarding skills go the way of cursive writing in this decade?
One of the primary obstacles to computing for many students is input. Speech-to-text capabilities, once available only with expensive software, now comes with the latest versions of the 2 most popular consumer operating systems, Windows 7 and OSX. Directions for activating speech-to-text are outlined below:
- Open Speech Recognition by clicking the Start button > All Programs.
- Select Accessories > Ease of Access > Windows Speech Recognition.
- Click the Microphone button to start the listening mode.
- Open the program you want to use or select the text box you want to dictate text into.
- Say the text that you want dictate.
Apple OSX (10.8)
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu (top left) and click the “Dictation & Speech” panel.
- Via the “Dictation” tab, click “ON” next to “Dictation”
- In the resulting popup, select “Enable Dictation”
- Open any writing app or go to a text input field and double-tap the “fn” key to bring up Dictation.
- When little microphone popup appears, start talking.
- When finished, hit the “fn” key again or click the “Done” button.