Day off

Posted on February 17, 2020



… not for the holiday but because I rode 3 miles in and my conscience said, “didn’t you always say that … if you *did* get sick, even not very, that you would stay home?”  because yea, it’s been about 8 years but I have a cold or something (okay, chills and a dry cough, and if chills mean fever yea, symptoms of that newsmaking disease).

So I’m not that sick 😉   so I’ve put together a little thing on speech recognition.   It is working really well in Word and … after a perfect attempt I did sort of purposely not think clearly and got it ot make typical errors 😉

However, it’s not working *at all* here. I just get “what was that?”   Oh, and when I try to get it to type “WordPress” on Word, it won’t do it.   Snork.   Here’s my little summary with a whole lot of help from this article from the folks at 

SPEECH RECOGNITION:   getting past “Okay, Google?”   


Speech recognition has come a long way since it was first designed for people who physically couldn’t use keyboards.  


Could it be useful for longer writing?   Important emails? Course assignments?  




 To use speech recognition successfully, these are some useful skills and attitudes (which you might not have right *now* but could learn):  

  • Motivation to use speech technology for writing
  • Clear speech and enunciation 
  • Ability to hold back those “ums” and “you knows”
  • Ability to self-monitor
  • Attention to details for editing (speech recognition will type real words that might be the wrong word, but it will be spelled correctly).   
  • Willing to work to develop your own writing process with speech recognition


  What do you need? 

  • A reasonably quiet place where you can talk
  • A device that has speech recognition — we’ll start with Word, and we’ll use headphones. 
  • Ideas and patience 🙂  


The process!!!

  • SAY
  • FIX


Probably THE most important habit to get into is having that mic turned *off* while you figure out your phrase or sentence… (“think”)… don’t have an idea, turn it into a phrase or sentence!  When you’re learning, say it out loud with the mic off first.   

Then… BIG DEAL … Turn the mic on and say *that phrase* or sentence.   TURN THE MIC OFF. 


Look at your sentence.   Read it to yourself — and/or highlight it and have the computer read it to you.   (Hint: if you make your voice sound like that voice, you’ll have good results. You don’t want to be too flat, but you don’t want to be full of drama, either.)  

Some prompts for modeling:   

WHat day is today?   What is something you plan to do today?  

  “Today is Monday, and I will go to Choral Union after work.”   


“I hvae to work hard to ______.”   

“I don’t have to work hard to ____.”   

“I can see [say what you see — but think it before you say it!] from here. 

I am taking classes in ____________________.

I found a quarter _____________________.  

I saw _____ on the soccer field. 


For students who benefit in practice generating language, coming up with different endings for the same phrase is good (such as the last one).   


So the article has “whole group” lesson on page 15 which I think will be manageable for us.   

I’m thinking we pick a prompt or two, model doing it including saying “New line.”  (If I’m modeling I’ll try to make it make a mistake 😉 ) Model the editing process…. 


Then get a student     Ask them to say the sentence *before* turning the mic on.   Go through 

the editing process, etc.   


I think just doing sentences is a good enough start for a first session unless they’re asking for more 😉   


(and per 3:00 I’m not that well, either, and it’s 35 degrees and raining 😉   Good to be inside!)

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