What Can Be Done to Help Poor Spellers?
The technology age offers a number excellent tools for struggling spellers.
- Speech-to-Text Software: Speech-to-text is a type of software that transcribes the spoken word into typed words on a computer or handheld device. Writers no longer have to be distracted by spelling. As long as they enunciate their words clearly, all spelling will be accommodated via voice commands. Macs come with this option for free. To learn more CLICK HERE. In addition, there are many other speech-to-text options like Speech Recognition on Window 10 and purchasable software programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.
- Word Prediction Software: Word prediction software helps writers, during word processing, to "predict" a word they intend to type. Word predictions are based on frequency of use, syntax, and spelling. To learn more about this technology you can view a short video on ClaroCom Word Prediction and Co-Writer.
- Google Voice Search/Ok Google/Google Now: Google Voice Search/Ok Google/Google Now is a speech recognition option in Google's search engine. Available via the Chrome browser and Google mobile apps, Google Voice Search merged with Google Now to provide a voice-based personal assistant. There are also a few tricks that can make the app even more useful. For spelling in Google Voice Search, simply ask, "how do you spell____". Google will quickly return the correct spelling of the word and speak the spelling aloud too.
- Voice-Recognition Digital Assistants: Voice Recognition Digital Assistants are programs that work as a personal assistant and knowledge navigator. This option uses a voice recognition interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web-based services. My 4 favorite digital assistants are:
- Alexa: The Amazon Echo is a cylindrical device that offers, Alexa, a voice-recognition digital assistant that can spell words aloud, complete simple math, answer questions, share facts, tell jokes, provide the news, make to-do lists and more. Click here to watch a video of Alexa in Action.
- Siri: Siri is a computer program that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. If you ask, Siri can you spell words for you aloud and provide a visual definition.
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