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Multimodal Learning: Voice Recognition

In this LibGuide you will find free and low-cost tools and resources to help you write papers or read materials in alternative ways.


Information and links in this LibGuide were compiled by:

Robert David Dawson, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor, UofSC Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Voice Recognition

Multimodal word cloud

There are several different types of voice recognition systems which are available for free or for low cost. Currently, Apple, Windows, and android systems have a variety of free voice recognition systems. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is one of the most popular voice-recognition systems and ranges in price from $50-$199. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking standard is acceptable for most university coursework.

Windows voice-recognition system

Here are several websites with directions and guides for speech recognition on a Windows computer. Voice-recognition on Windows is free and with patience and training should meet the need for all academic writers.

Set up Speech Recognition on Windows computers


Macintosh voice-recognition system


Macintosh uses a program called “Dictation” which allows a person to use their voice to write papers or give simple commands. This is a free program and available on all current OS systems including tablets.

Mac Basics: Dictation lets you speak text instead of typing  


Dragon NaturallySpeaking


Dragon NaturallySpeaking is one of the most popular voice-recognition systems and is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is available in standard and preferred edition. The prices range from $50-$100. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking standard edition is acceptable for most university coursework. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is free on Apple tablets and iTouch systems. Go to the Apple Store to add on these APPS.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Home speech recognition software  

Here are some very simple directions on how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This was a training video designed especially for persons who attempted to train Dragon NaturallySpeaking but were unsuccessful. Some specific tips and strategies are presented by Dr Dawson in the video.


ITunes and Google APPs

Here is a list of voice recognition APPs or extensions chromed voice recognition which could be used on Apple or Android tablets. These are especially useful to dictate notes or quick information which could be later incorporated into a paper or assignment. Many of these apps can be used directly with your blackboard discussion groups or email. This is not an all-inclusive list and more APPS  will be added as they are discovered. Most of the speech recognition apps are free


Found on the iTunes Apple Store

QuickVoice Recorder - Free

This app allows you to record audio such as memos, class lectures and notes, meetings, and dictations of emails or text messages. It is ideal for professional, educational, and personal use.

AudioNote - $4.99

AudioNote records and syncs your notes. It combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes.


Found on the Google Play Store

Google Voice Recognition-Free

Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app. You can use your Google Chrome as a voice recognition app and type long documents, emails and essays without touching the keyboard.

Dictanote - Speech Recognizer-Free

Dictanote provides you with a advanced rich text editor with an inbuilt multi-language speech recogniser. The latest version of Dictanote features QuickType, a faster than ever speech recognition engine using which you can actually write faster than normal typing.

SpeechPad - voice notebook-Free

Speechpad is a voice recognition application for entering text using microphone. It can also convert audio files to the text. It provides: entering punctuation and editing text by voice, using voice commands, converting audio files and you tube video and many others features

Dictation-online speech recognition

This is a nifty website which could be used with chrome tablets. I have found it pretty intuitive with word prediction and fairly fast rate of speech to text. With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard.


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