Cyber Monday Save $50 off Dragon Dictate 2.5

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Wireless Premium has been used on this site for the past year. (97.2% word accuracy after speaking 34,000 words.)

Yesterday, Nuance had a Black Friday deal for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium (which is the Windows version of their voice recognition software.)

Nuance is also offering $50 off Dragon Dictate 2.5 on Cyber Monday 11/29/11 (This coupon is only valid for Mon Nov 29, 2011.)

We’re not Mac people yet (even though we love using iPads in the classroom.) One of the biggest reason keeping us from switching is all of the software we’ve invested into our PC (like Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5)

Dragon Dictate 2.5 looks like the branded equivalent of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5, although who knows what kind of word recognition accuracy you get. Is it as good as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5?

Disclaimer – I am compensated for this review. Click here for details.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium – Black Friday Save $50

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium is used to write the posts on this blog with around a 97% word recognition accuracy rate.

Nuance is having a $50 off Black Friday exclusive so if you’ve been waiting to buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking, now is the time:

This link will only work on Nov 25, 2011. Good luck!

Black Friday Exclusive: Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium for $129.99—Save $50!

Disclaimers – I am compensated for this review. Click here for details.

Using Apple TV to teach with your iPad 2 is great… Just don’t forget to turn off iMessage

Apple TV and an iPad 2 running iOS 5 have the potential to transform your classroom. The new version of iOS 5 allows you to mirror everything that you see on your iPad wirelessly to a data projector connected to your Apple TV. (You do need to have an HDMI connection in order to use Apple TV 2 and you need to turn on iPad mirroring mode.)

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium Wireless Review – How accurate is it after a year and 34,000 words?

It’s been a year since I first started writing posts on this blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium.

After writing 25 posts, dictating 34,006 words, and making 943 word errors, you get a better idea of the kind of accuracy you can get with voice recognition software. (Based on those numbers, it’s an overall accuracy rate of 97.2%.)

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Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your iPad / iPhone

Nuance, the makers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, have a Dragon NaturallySpeaking app for the iPad/iPhone that you might consider checking out. (What is Dragon NaturallySpeaking? Check out this post to find out more information about speaking speech to your computer.)

Actually, they have four mobile apps:

  • Dragon Dictation is a free app that lets you speak into your iPad or iPhone and it will write down what you say.
  • Dragon Search and Dragon Go are free apps that lets you search for things just by speaking to your iPhone or iPad. It’s a little like the Google search app, except instead of just pulling out Google findings, you can look at Wikipedia results, CNN posts, the Twitter feed, etc. I imagine it’s similar to Siri on the iPhone 4S, but unfortunately we don’t have the latest iPhone to play with. (Yet.)
  • Finally, Dragon Remote Microphone  is a free app that lets you turn your iPad or your iPhone into a wireless microphone to use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your computer. (You need Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 for this app to work, but if you had version 11, it’s a free upgrade.

This post was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 and the Dragon Remote Microphone app on the iPad 2. (Scroll below to see what kind of accuracy we got using our iPad as a wireless microphone. Normally, the posts written on this blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 have an accuracy of anywhere between 95% to 98% using the Bluetooth Calisto wireless headset.) So far, there doesn’t seem to be much difference in the accuracy between using the Bluetooth wireless headset and using this Dragon NaturallySpeaking app on the iPad to speak our thoughts.

Having said that, using an iPad as a wireless microphone to speak into your computer is a pretty cumbersome way to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. (Mind you, it’s probably a lot easier if you’re holding a smaller iPhone.)

Dragon NaturallySpeaking app review (Dragon Remote Microphone on the iPad 2)

Dragon Remote Microphone – Nuance Communications
Dragon Remote Microphone - Nuance Communications

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