[Athen] Voice typing tool for coding?

Leyna Bencomo lbencomo at uccs.edu
Mon Jan 6 09:24:13 PST 2020

Ditto Wink’s comments. I’ve had success with MathTalk. Scientific Notebook is included with the package when you buy MathTalk. I always make a fun game of learning the NATO alphabet (used by military). I get to learn it myself better each time. I engage the student to memorize by learning to spell their own name and then their pet’s name and mom’s name and so on. They usually enjoy memorizing it that way. After that, the learning curve is not too bad.

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Wink Harner
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020 10:59 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Voice typing tool for coding?

I agree with Connie. The combination of software – Dragon naturally speaking, math talk, & scientific notebook – is the best combination, and the only one I know that works for what your student needs.

It isn’t necessary to learn Dragon naturally speaking well at all in order to use this program successfully. It starts with training the military & the Greek alphabet and there’s a lot of support training involved with that package from Metroplex computing.

I have used, and trained others on the software for a number of years, and I would be happy to help you and your student get set up or offer tips and advice after the fact.

Thank you, Connie, for the suggestion.

Wink Harner

On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 9:29 AM Mary Popish <popish at pdx.edu<mailto:popish at pdx.edu>> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm working with a student who has limited use of their hands, and who is taking advanced mathematics and computer science courses. The student uses voice typing (built-in software on his Windows laptop, not Dragon) for non-math tasks, and we are looking for a good voice typing tool that can handle complex math symbols for coding.

Specifically, they'll need to be able to type summation and product operators (upper case sigma and pi symbols) and indexes. We've looked into Dragon and built-in speech recognition tools, but I'm still looking for recommendations for platforms that do voice coding and voice typing for math.

We started with EquatIO, but the speech recognition features can't produce the math symbols that the student needs. (We were on the phone with them, though, so hopefully that will come in the future!)

The student is a Windows user, but I'd be open to hearing suggestions for Mac OS as well. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!


Mary Popish
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