We tested IBM's ViaVoice with 3 different students with special needs last
spring and this fall. We thought each student would be a good candidate
because they were articulate. The 3 students were in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
All had difficulty writing/keyboarding but were highly verbal. None of these
kids found voice recognition a benefit in producing written work. Their
inability to recognize misspelled words made it hard for them to work
independently. However, with support they were able to complete some written
work. They liked using it but it took a lot of time to train the software to
recognize their speech. We were only able to get it to be about 80%
accurate. They had as many errors grinding it out the old fashion way. The
fact that they are motivated and remain interested is a plus!
I don't think this software has developed to the point that it is useful to
students with special needs at this time. It has come a long way in the last
5 years. Others may have had different experiences and I would like to hear
from them as well.
In terms of software that reads text, we have set up all our computers to be
able to read any highlighted text in that funky machine voice. Several of
our special needs students use it when reading email and articles on the
internet as well as proof reading their written work. You get used to the
machine voice. If we had more money, GeorgeW, we would invest in better text
readers. Net-Print 8.2 is the extension installed on our Macs to read all
text in any program. It's shareware http://www93.pair.com/johnmoe/
Main Street Middle School
Montpelier, VT 05602
On 12/04/2002 3:20 PM, "Cindy O'Hara" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Are any of your schools using this software or anything similar? Any
> recommendations, complaints, etc. about voice recognition/read back software
> for special needs students????
> Cindy O'Hara
> St. Albans Town Educational Center