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Parents' Guide to

Dragon Anywhere

By Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Pricey tool to type, edit, and share with voice commands.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Education
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Randomly erases files, with no recovery

Use at your own risk. It spontaneously erased a file with an hour's worth of dictation in it, which no means of recovery. I'm cancelling my subscription and going back to iPhone's Notes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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).

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