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Dragon Dictation

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Skills:Storytelling, Organization, Enunciation

What we like best:

This is a great pick for students who struggle with writing or QWERTY keyboards.

What you should know:

This app doesn't always recognize voices, which can m make for a frustrating user experience.
Full Review:

At first glance, this voice recognition app doesn't look educational—but Dragon Dictation offers sound help for children who struggle with writing or typing.

Boasting compatibility with a whopping 31 languages, this app helps reduce writing frustrations by writing out words as they're dictated into the microphone on a smartphone or tablet. What this app lacks in kid-friendly graphics and interactivity, it makes up for in ease of use and accurate functionality. Children can record sentences, write essays, journal entries, spelling, math problems and any other material, capture their words written out, and copy, email, text or share the text on social networks. This no-frills app doesn't require any setup—simply download it, tap to speak and you are off to recording your homework, to-do list, or simply capturing brainstorm ideas before the actual writing process.

Despite the app's uncanny ability to capture words from a range of voices, there's room for error. Fortunately, this can be mitigated with the ability to edit work once it's been copied and pasted on to another document. Kids will love being able to capture and organize their thoughts in a high-tech fashion.

Reviewed 2012-09-29 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Grade:Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade
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