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- to model for our students that some teachers in-fact do write, and the writing process isn’t something we just do in school.
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Although we teach in the province of Ontario (Canada), many of the ideas we discuss are applicable around the world. After all, the internet has truly made our world a global village.
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When I write, I use Dragon, speak naturally and dictate my blog posts.
- I have been using Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking for over 8+ years to type this blog.
- I dictate my first draft using the voice-to-text software.
- I count the number of mistakes to calculate how accurate Nuance Dragon was when I was dictating the post.
- Nuance Dragon Professional 15 and Nuance Dragon Home 15 make it easier to correct mistakes because Dragon speaks naturally using your recorded voice clips.
- I’ve only ever seen one Nuance Dragon Professional Coupon Code for 10% off. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of great sales. I keep track of current Nuance Dragon sale info so other people know if they’re getting a good deal.
- There used to be a Dragon Naturally Speaking education discount, but I think that’s been discontinued. You’re better off waiting for a 50% off sale on Nuance Dragon Professional Individual 15
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Like your blog and found the information on Dragon very helpful. However, allowing so many ads on your site is disconcerting and unprofessional.
I enjoy the content, but I find the ads are too over-powering. Why do you think it is a good idea to have a pseudonym?
Mr Kuroneko says
Hi Rob, thanks for the feedback. We have cut down on the advertising from when Kathleen posted her initial comments (Dec 2010), but at this point, we have decided to keep the google ad box at the top of every post. (The advertising and affiliate revenue from this site offset the costs of some of our classroom technology projects.)
As for the pseudonym, there are a few reasons: the internet has a long memory and students need to start thinking about internet safety and managing their name / identity online. Things that students blog or post now may not be the kind of things students want to pop up during a job interview or background check.
Also, using a generic student name (i.e. like student123) instead of Mohamed Abdul allows students to be judged on the merit of their ideas, as opposed to pre-concieved notions of who they are.
Finally, asking students to use pseudonyms raises the issue about how we don’t always know who we’re talking with online. False accounts get created, real accounts get hacked, and it’s always important to think critically.
On the topic of “Dragon Naturally Speaking Edition Comparisons,” etc… We use Dragon Naturally Speaking v11.5 Premium Edition verse the Home Edition because (among other reasons) we are able to easily Export and Import voice profiles between PCs.
You are unable to copy and move the voice profile from PC to PC using the Backup option (which is the only option within the Home Edition).
I am able to export/import student voice profiles as they transition from grade to grade, school to school. Thus, the student does not need to recreate their voice profile, train words, etc. as they move along.
If I have a copy of their voice profile, I do not care if the PC breaks, is stolen, infected, etc.. I can get them up and producing again, quickly!
And that is very important with paraplegic, quadriplegic, and special education students.
Yes, I know that a laptop also negates this need.
However, besides the fact that is not within the comparison, what money there is in the districts I service is not going to purchase every student a laptop!
Hey, before I forget…………
Very nice article, with lots of useful information.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU! Your tip about the April showers discount was great. I never would have found it on my own. Again, THANK YOU!!!
AJ Weiss says
You write that 50% sale is still on without a coupon for Dragon Professional today today,, May 21 st, 2019, but when I go to the Nuance site, the price is $300. What amI missing?
Grade 8 Teacher says
Hey AJ, did you use the links on this page: https://classroomteacher.ca/nuance-dragon-naturally-speaking-sale-promotion-discount-coupon-review/ – I just tried it right now and it seems to work fine for me? Can you try again and let me know?
It would be nice to receive confirmation of the order by email once it’s placed and paid for.
Grade 8 Teacher says
Hey Ben, unfortunately you’ll have to contact Nuance directly. I’m just a stranger on the internet writing about my experiences. Having said that, when I purchased a Dragon USB headset a few months ago when it was on sale, I immediately received an email from Nuance-online store @ digitalriver.com – I paid using PayPal and I got an email from PayPal confirming the payment to Digital River Ireland.
If I look back further to find an order I placed for Nuance Dragon Professional software, I received a confirmation right away saying the following:
Thank you for ordering from Nuance Online Store on DATE. The following email is a summary of your order. Please use this as your proof of purchase. If you paid by credit card, please look for DRI*Nuance on your credit card billing statement.
Note: If your order contains download products, you can complete the download by looking up your order using the information and link below. When the order summary appears, click on the Download link next to the product name. If your order contains physical products, you will receive a separate email notification when your products have shipped.
To look up your order, please visit: shop.nuance.com/store/nuanceus/help
Please note: This email message was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.
Nuance Online Store Customer Service
I hope this helps you Ben. If there are any problems, Nuance seems pretty good with their 30 day return policy – that’s been my experience with them, at least. Let me know if you have any other questions!