Monday, December 23, 2013

Good Free App of the Day: Dragon Dictation

Our world is an advancing world of technology, but typing is not always an option for everyone.  Dragon Dictation is a FREE app that will type what a person speaks.  The text can be emailed or posted on social media from the app.

Whether a person is on the go and needs to speak a quick message or someone physically cannot type, this app can help a variety of people have their message heard and documented.

If you would like to download Dragon Dictation (FREE, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps fro Special Needs by using our link:

External links to post text to social media or to email it.

This easy to use app by Nuance Communications listens to a person's voice at the touch of a button.  Once a user is finished speaking, the screen can be tapped again to have the app stop listening.  It will type the text onto the screen.  Words can be touched to edit them easily.

Dragon Dictation is a useful tool in the writing process also.  I have used this app for students that struggle to get their thoughts on paper.  I have them tell the story aloud and let the app type it for them.  Then, we go through it together to make edits and discuss changes to make it even better.  

This is an easy to use app that is very beneficial for a variety of users.  This app supports many languages in the free version also.

From iTunes:

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit


• Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
• Submit text to Social Networking applications – Twitter and Facebook
• Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
• Voice driven correction interface


   1. Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
   2. Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).

In order to improve recognition accuracy, Dragon Dictation will only upload names from your address book when permission is provided... no emails, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information are uploaded. This information is not used for any purpose other than improving the usability of the application. Dragon Dictation will also utilize the data in spoken messages collected over time to continuously improve and provide high speech recognition accuracy. All data is stored in secure data centers according to stringent privacy and security standards.  For more information, please view our end user license agreement

Heather S. is not ready for the busy week ahead. 

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