Exploring Dragon 14 Professional and 4 reasons why teachers should play around with voice recognition

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog but since it’s June I thought I would reboot it. Right now I’m speaking using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. (No wait, I think it’s called Nuance Dragon Professional Individual. I don’t really get it. I think it used to be called Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but now they’re just going with things like Dragon 13 premium. The professional version might actually be Dragon NaturallySpeaking 14 but I don’t know…) So now that were heading into summer, I thought I would play more with voice recognition software. A long time ago when I started teaching the only … Continue reading “Exploring Dragon 14 Professional and 4 reasons why teachers should play around with voice recognition”

You can do better than a 10% discount for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 premium.

If you’re going to buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 premium, don’t pay full price.Sometimes, when you’re on the Nuance website, just as you’re about to leave, they will offer you a discount.When I bought the voice recognition software, it offered me a 20% discount which I took right away. (Darn.) Yesterday, I was peeking around the site and just as I was about to leave, it offered me a 10% discount.The long and the short of it is that discounts vary and you should look around. If you use this promo code link, you’ll get 25% off the regular price for Dragon … Continue reading “You can do better than a 10% discount for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 premium.”

Windows 10 is coming and I just reserved my free upgrade.

Right now, I’m using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 with Windows 8.1 Pro.But, in a few months, on July 29, 2015 to be exact, my computer will apparently auto magically download and upgrade to the newest version of Windows.And, I like that it’s free.I wasn’t expecting to upgrade to Windows 10. There was a little innocent button at the bottom of my screen inviting me to get Windows 10. A few clicks later, and I’m on the waiting list.And then I had to figure out what was new about Windows 10.I watched their lovely promo video, but nothing really jumps out at … Continue reading “Windows 10 is coming and I just reserved my free upgrade.”

Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 – Save 25% discount

I just bought Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 (Premium). By accident. I didn’t mean to, honest.My last post was written in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 and one thing led to another and I ended up on Nuance’s website.Here’s what I discovered:The price of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 is the same price as what I paid for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12. (The premium version is $200)If you get the digital download version only, you don’t have to pay for shipping and handling. Plus, you get the software right away.They still offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you’re not happy, you can get … Continue reading “Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 – Save 25% discount”

Locking down your iPad in the classroom to a specific app (you can even set time limits)

 My daughter recently discovered Minecraft on the iPad. (She’s five years old and we’re a little bit late to the game, I know.) Who knew minecraft could be so much fun. A little bit too addictive for mommy, daddy and daughter…So, we need to set time limits.And the iPad guided access mode lets you set time limits on how long your kids (and mommy and daddy) can play minecraft.How to set time limits on the iPadParents and teachers can set guided access on an iPad by clicking on the settings icon and thentapping on General settingstap on accessibilityturn on Guided accessOnce … Continue reading “Locking down your iPad in the classroom to a specific app (you can even set time limits)”

Classroom cameras: iPod touch and iPad mini… really?

‘Tis the season for giving… and wanting. I’d like to get my sweetheart an iPhone 5. I haven’t really decided between an iPhone 5s or an iPhone 5c, but that’s beside the point. (But, come on, that touch ID fingerprint logon system seems pretty darn cool.) My sweetie currently uses an old school flip cell phone to snap candid photos of our daughter. I’ve seen some of these images and they’re smaller than a thumbnail. Plus, it’s not easy to get the images off the phone. An iPhone 5 would solve all of our problems. Take high-quality eight megapixel photos … Continue reading “Classroom cameras: iPod touch and iPad mini… really?”

Computer projector tricks for the classroom: you don’t have to show students what’s on your computer screen

When I teach in a classroom, I use a computer projector to show students things on my laptop. (Remember overhead projectors? Those days seem so long ago.) Most teachers only know how to mirror their computer screens onto the projector so students can see on the big screen whatever the teacher can see on their computer screen. But you can do more. You don’t have to show students everything on your computer screen when you are using a computer projector.  In fact, you can show different content on your computer projector.   I have my computer set up with an … Continue reading “Computer projector tricks for the classroom: you don’t have to show students what’s on your computer screen”

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Summer Sale: Save $60 off Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium

This post has been edited and the information about the Difference between Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home and Premium editions has been moved here. I just got an email from Nuance, the people who make Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software, letting me know that they are having a summer sale. It’s a pretty good deal, so if you’ve been waiting to buy speech recognition software, now is a good time to check it out:   Dragon NaturallySpeaking summer promotions: You can now save $40 on Dragon NaturallySpeaking home edition. It currently sells for $59.99 (regular price $99.99).  Click here to see the difference between the … Continue reading “Dragon NaturallySpeaking Summer Sale: Save $60 off Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium”

Best practices for students using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 in a noisy (classroom) environment?

So this is an experiment. I’m trying to see what happens when I talk into to my computer when I have a DVD playing the Avengers, and the radio blaring on my iPad at the same time. How accurate is this? I went to a demonstration where the person used Dragon NaturallySpeaking and just talked into the computer in the middle of a loud showroom as if nothing was wrong. And the computer picked up everything he was saying. It really was quite impressive. So I’m trying to simulate what would happen in the classroom situation with a bunch of … Continue reading “Best practices for students using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 in a noisy (classroom) environment?”

How accurate is Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a noisy classroom?

I have a cat. I also use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. One day, my cat was meowing at me as I dictated to my computer. Really loud persistent meows. There I was, trying to talk to my computer, correct mistakes (to train Dragon), and play with my cat all at the same time. It didn’t work very well. The voice recognition software kept on making tons of mistakes that I had to correct and my cat just got annoyed with me. Normally, I get around a 97 to 98% word recognition accuracy with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Having my cat around really dropped the … Continue reading “How accurate is Dragon NaturallySpeaking in a noisy classroom?”

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