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New Trend: Voice Recognition in Education

Using voice recognition in education, especially advanced learning, is a relatively recent development. Voice technology has progressed incredibly fast during the last few years, and what used to be cutting-edge experimental software is now commonplace.

 

Pretty much everyone these days uses a smartphone capable of speech processing. You can not only look up things on the internet using voice input but also communicate with the AI such as Google Assistant.

 

With voice recognition algorithms getting better and more libraries appearing on the market, educational apps are starting to dip their toes into the sea of opportunities that is voice tech.

 

Make Education More Accessible

 

Voice recognition in education gets a lot of attention lately, and for a good reason. For some people, it can be a neat way to take notes. For others, it opens the classroom door.

 

People with certain disabilities (dyslexia in one example) often find it difficult to take notes or do homework, because it involves typing and/or writing. This is where speech-to-text enters the stage. Transcription makes previously difficult tasks come naturally and boosts academic performance.

 

A beneficial side effect is that seeing the words appear on the screen during dictation can help students with reading and writing deficits to better grasp the relationship between letter and sound.

 

As for the students with conditions that affect mobility, voice recognition can be the only means of writing/typing available to them.

 

For deaf students, voice recognition is used to visualise speech using speech-to-text conversion. Again, this can be their only option.

 

Always Learning

 

Education welcomes individual approach, and voice recognition makes it easy in many areas.

 

So far the most popular application of speech processing is foreign language learning, especially learning pronunciation.

 

The student is prompted to repeat after a recording. If the pronunciation doesn’t match, the computer gives feedback and prompts the student again. Basically, this is the (dramatically) improved language lab – the lab that can fit in your pocket.

 

Apps like Rosetta Stone, ELSA Speak, and many others are very good at teaching pronunciation by using speech recognition to identify mistakes. This opens horizons to the people who cannot afford language courses, feel like they need more than lessons can offer – or prefer their learning bite-sized.

 

Implementing Voice Recognition in Education

 

With voice technology showing good results in a classroom setting, implementation is the next logical step.

 

Luckily, voice processing doesn’t require specialised equipment. A regular computer is all you need. Software, on the other hand, needs to be installed, and most of it is heavily licensed.

 

At this stage, awareness is the real challenge. Free licences for schools and universities, special learning programs, and voice technology options for disabled students would become far more accessible if teachers and learners knew about and asked for them.

 

Raising awareness about voice technology in education is an important task. As a company developing speech-to-text note-taking solutions, we hope more people experience the advantages voice technology can offer. To learn more about us, visit the Senstone homepage.

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Why Note-Taking Apps Are a Big Deal

Few people realise their favourite note-taking app is constantly vying for their attention. In the world where everyone takes digital notes, becoming and staying the preferred app for daily notes capture is very profitable. You become the second brain for millions of users.

 

The Invisible Competition

 

Developing a note-taking app is an underappreciated art form. You have to keep the app familiar and simple – and also make it unique in a way that is useful. It’s quite a challenge.

 

Still, a lot of techie are up for the task. In fact, you probably underestimate just how many! More than a hundred note apps are available just for Android.

 

Although most developers start making their own note-taking app to scratch an itch (write the book you want to read), profit is an obvious consideration. This creates competition, especially when it comes to stand-alone apps; although pre-installed apps can compete and subsequently fall from grace too.

 

Note-taking apps compete in the following aspects:

  • input speed
  • user-friendly interface
  • privacy
  • specialised features
  • pricing

These categories can overlap, but in general they are a decent representation of how customers make their choice. If an app is considered the best at multiple categories, more people will click ‘Install’. The more downloads you have, the larger amount of people will stay loyal to your product – provided their expectations are fulfilled.

 

The stakes are high, because most people use one note-taking app for everything.

 

An Unexpected Way to Make the World a Better Place

 

If you venture out into the wild and ask the public which note-taking app they prefer, the answers are going to vary. But if you look closely, you might notice a pattern.

 

The best apps are made by the developers who listen to feedback. Their apps cater to the target audience by staying on top of things in the chosen category. Fast apps optimise in favour of speed. Cross-platform apps add support for new platforms. Privacy-focused apps work to stay secure. And so on, and so forth.

 

Sensitivity to feedback benefits both user and product. This is how we get innovative solutions like Senstone Scripter.

 

And while profit makes note-taking apps a big deal to their creators (Evernote’s revenue reached $109.8M in 2021), there is another important aspect to developing such software.

 

Note-taking apps have a huge impact on productivity. They store large amounts of personal data. Billions of people rely on them for work and leisure. Specific features, like speech-to-text or synchronisation could make or break your day.

 

They could make or break the day for a company.

 

This is why users are so cautious about their choices. Handing everything from grocery lists to business strategies to a third-party app is an act of trust.



This article was brought to you by Senstone.

 

Hoping to help busy people around the globe take better notes, Senstone developed a wearable voice recorder capable of instant speech-to-text conversion. 99% transcription accuracy helps professionals streamline their work, and artificial intelligence takes care of spell-checking and organising notes. Senstone Scripter: your productivity is our mission.

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