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Though not designed to teach, it provides an incredible value to kids who struggle to construct written responses or passages without help.
Ease of Play
For the most part, this tool is easy for even the youngest users. Some of the text-command features are a little more complex, as the app wasn't designed with kids in mind and may provide some frustration for them.
Products & Purchases
Free week-long trial period; then requires a $15-per-month subscription.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Bottom line? For kids who struggle with writing, this tool might be worth its monthly price tag, but it also has some less kid-friendly features. To be fair, this app wasn't designed with kids in mind; it's meant for adults in business settings. For the most part, during our review, the dictation software accurately captured the text, spelled words that were tricky -- including homophones -- and easily shared the document via email. Although the text commands are helpful, they sometimes don't work accurately. Younger kids may need adult help to reread their writing and ensure they've only captured what they've wanted since Dragon Anywhere doesn't check spelling automatically. It also doesn't automatically capture punctuation, so as kids type, they need to speak commas and periods. This can be both empowering as kids learn what their speech looks like visually on a page and frustrating as it breaks up the flow of what they want to write. The dictation features are only available within its own platform, meaning kids won't be able to use the software to complete fields elsewhere using their device (on a website, in an email or a text message, and so on).
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.