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Educational ValueKids will learn the power of controlling a computer by voice. Many will stop at being able to dictate, correct, format and print text, while others, including those with motor disabilities, will want or need to completely control the computer by voice. For this, they'll have to learn additional commands and strategies. Command options can be continuously displayed in a sidebar, so they don’t have to memorize if they don’t want to. It’s also critical for kids to learn how to make voice corrections; otherwise accuracy is very quickly reduced to frustrating levels. Dragon Naturally Speaking is an outstanding tool that can suit lots of kids' needs, giving them more freedom on a computer and in the world.
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The program costs $99.99 (but discounts can be found at various outlets).
Parents Need to KnowDragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) is a very powerful program that can turn dictation into text with typing as fast as 60 words per minute with up to 98 percent accuracy. However, you'll want to be aware that these results depend on very careful and rigorous training in a very quiet environment. DNS can be really helpful for any kid who is having difficulty physically using a mouse and/or keyboard. It can replace those tools, is faster than any other alternate input method, and can rival or exceed typical typing speeds. Kids' success depends on very careful initial training, with all word and pronunciation errors fully corrected; otherwise the program will keep repeating its early mistakes. For this reason, kids can often find it frustrating, but the end result is worth the pain.
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