Date
16 August 2020

Support information gathering and sharing

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Using digital technologies’

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Take photos

Take photos

Learners can use the camera on their device to capture evidence of learning and information on whiteboards and classroom walls.

Enable voice typing

Enable voice typing

Speech-to-text shifts the focus from the physical act of writing to expressing thoughts.

Speech-to-text is sometimes called dictation, voice-to-text, or speech recognition technology.

Tips for using speech-to-text

  • When dictating, learners need to speak clearly and pronounce words correctly.
  • Try using a headset with a built-in microphone to achieve the highest level of word accuracy.
  • While dictating, learners will need to say the punctuation too. For example, they may need to say “full stop” or “question mark” at the end of a sentence.
  • Learners will still need to plan, organise, and structure their thoughts into coherent phrases and sentences.
  • In general, dictation is more accurate if you say whole phrases and sentences, not just individual words.

Use voice technology

Use voice technology

Voice technology tools offer learners alternative ways to gather information and share it with others.

Voice-memo technology uses the built-in microphone on a device.

Voice memos can be used to:

  • record instructions, key ideas, or explanations
  • record memos to self, for example, reminders, brainstorms, and lists
  • read work aloud and check for errors or fluency
  • share ideas with others.

Virtual assistants such as Siri can be used to:

  • access information
  • check work, for example, spelling, maths, or facts
  • ask questions.

For further Information, explore:

Utilise video

Utilise video

Using video enables learners to:

  • share their learning in different ways
  • capture learning to revisit key concepts
  • learn at their own pace, for example, through pause, fast-forward, or rewind.

Offer graphic organisers

Offer graphic organisers

Support learners to organise their thoughts and complete multi-stage tasks.

Graphic organisers provide learners with a framework to:

  • think and plan strategically
  • collect and compare information
  • break down information into manageable chunks.

Common online organisers include:

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Just say it: Voice recognition for empowering student and educator learning

Read time: 17 min

Publisher: Educational Leaders

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Website

How to use voice typing in Google Docs

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: How-To-Geek

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Website

ADHD and dyslexia strategies: How to turn on Text to Speech on your mobile device

Publisher: Understood

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