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I have a secret to tell you. Even though I’ve spent the last year blogging on this site by talking to my computer, I’ve only used a fraction of the features.

It’s March break, so I thought I would take some time to explore some of the other features in Dragon speech software and to see if there’s a better way to do things.

Voice recognition software can help you blog a little quicker

Dragon NaturallySpeaking: A quicker way to blog (Big Stock Photo: Speedometer - Slow To Insanely Fast Image 5315337)This is a 3 part series on trying to find a faster way to blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software.

Here’s how I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to blog:

There’s so much more you could use DNS for… I really just use it to speak to my computer and have it type down what I say.

  • I only use the speech recognition part of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I never use commands like “start Microsoft Word“, “tweet that“, or “search the web for aliens
  • I’ve really only used DragonPad (Nuance’s version of Notepad or WordPad.) Up until now I found it a more reliable and easier to blog when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
  • I use my mouse and my keyboard to click on words and highlight text because it’s faster than using voice commands like “move mouse up,” “MouseGrid nine,” “mouse right-click,” “mouse drag lower right very fast.”
  • I do correct the mistakes that Dragon NaturallySpeaking makes (because apparently it improves accuracy,) but I’ve always had around a 97% accuracy rate with Dragon NaturallySpeaking – even as a brand-new user straight out-of-the-box. Here’s my little graph to show the little improvements that I’ve made.

Here’s how I used to write my blog posts using Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Here’s what I used to do:

  1. I wrote the first draft by dictating into DragonPad using my wireless Bluetooth headset and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. (Sometimes I would use the dictation box, but that’s really meant for shorter passages because you can’t save from the dictation box.)
  2. After I finished my draft, I would go through it again and fix any transcription errors that I missed the first time. Then, I would do the word counts and figure out how accurate the speech software was for the post.
  3. Next, I would copy and paste my work into a blog post (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) and do some final revisions, including fixing the formatting and adding hyperlinks. If the post was especially long, I would break it up into a series of posts like this one about the new iPad 3 in the classroom or this series about different options for a student response system.
  4. Finally, I would hit publish and the post would go live.

Why I used DragonPad when dictating with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

After using Dragon software for a year, I developed some biases. I tried dictating directly into the post editor while logged into my WordPress blog, but had a few problems. I felt that things just didn’t work as well with WordPress in a web browser.

  • Sometimes there would be extra blank lines
  • Sometimes, if I corrected a word in the visual editor, it seems like Internet Explorer would cut one character off each correction. This problem never happened in HTML mode, but it’s hard to edit link for formatting in HTML mode.
  • Sometimes, it seems like when I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Internet Explorer, it would start to lose track of where I was in the document. For example, I would highlight words and ask Dragon NaturallySpeaking to play them back to me, and it would read back a different part of the sentence.
  • Sometimes the transcription seem to take a little bit longer using a web browser compared to dictating directly into DragonPad.
  • It just felt like DragonPad was a little bit more accurate.

The next post in this series will be about whether any of these suspicions are actually true.

We’ll look at how well Dragon NaturallySpeaking works in different web browsers and programs: Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 17, Firefox 10, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Writer.

Photo Credit: Big Stock Photo: Speedometer – Slow To Insanely Fast Image 5315337

This 3-part series on finding a better way to blog using speech recognition software was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium Wireless. What is Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

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  • There are 3009 words in this 3 part series. Dragon made 80 word errors. So, we had an accuracy of 97.3% in this document.
  • If you include punctuation and capitalization errors, Dragon made an additional 19 punctuation and capitalization errors. So, we had an accuracy of 96.7% in this document.

[stextbox id=”info” caption=”Example of Word Errors made by Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5″ collapsing=”true” collapsed=”true”]

  • CTRL-Z = controls add
  • You can’t undo things  = You can undo things
  • so it did = selected
  • what you’re going to be typing = what unity typing
  • you don’t need to = you’ll need to


[stextbox id=”info” caption=”Example of Punctuation / Capitalization Errors made by Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5″ collapsing=”true” collapsed=”true”]

  • blog post draft = blog posts, draft
  • blog so = blog. See



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