[Athen] Dragon NaturallySpeaking and literacy learning?

Nusen, Michael Michael.Nusen at ppcc.edu
Thu Sep 14 17:06:18 PDT 2006

DNS is avail in different languages & I've had success with training
individuals with significant speech impediments to use it - even if they
cannot pronounce a word correctly, DNS has a few features in which their
misspoken version can be trained to be spelled correctly.
Also, there is some research, I'll try to find it, that has shown that
multi-sensory input, like the kind derived from the seeing and hearing
provided by text-to-speech technologies, actually improves individuals'
reading level/fluency - one of the reasons is that it increases their
sight-word base.
At PPCC, our anecdotal observations have been that students, on average,
improve their reading skills by at least one grade level.

Thank you,

Michael Nusen
Coordinator, OASIS/CAC
(Office of Accommodative Services and Instructional Support/Computer
Access Center)
Pikes Peak Community College
michael.nusen at ppcc.edu
719-502-3022 (please note new phone number)

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 5:39 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Dragon NaturallySpeaking and literacy learning?


You have to be able to speak written English in order for the DNS to
work effectively.

It might work in combo with Kurzweil/Read-Write/Wynn but as a stand
alone, it is not designed to "teach" literacy or fluency.

Hope this info is helpful and not too harsh.



>-- Original Message --

>Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 15:35:09 -0700

>To: athen at athenpro.org

>From: Dawn Hunziker <hunziker at email.arizona.edu>

>Cc: Anne Gilmore <gila at ljbc.wa.edu.au>

>Subject: [Athen] Dragon NaturallySpeaking and literacy learning?

>Reply-To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

><athen at athenpro.org>



>Hi all,


>Anyone have any information for this request?






>>Begin forwarded message:


>>>From: Anne Gilmore <<mailto:gila at ljbc.wa.edu.au>gila at ljbc.wa.edu.au>

>>>Date: September 13, 2006 11:28:52 PM MST

>>>To: <mailto:oscr at email.arizona.edu>oscr at email.arizona.edu

>>>Subject: Dragon Naturally Speaking from Anne Gilmore



>>>I am interested in knowing if you guys know of any research that

>>>suggests that the above software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) is

>>>beneficial for children who are experiencing learning difficulties in

>>>literacy. If you do, could you let me know. Thanks, Anne Gilmore


>Dawn Hunziker

>Assistive Technology Coordinator


>University of Arizona

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