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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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7 Tips for Work From Home Productivity

Maintaining productivity while working from home can be a challenge for many. This is especially true if you’re not used to remote work and don’t have the experience of tackling some specific WFH issues like the lack of set-in-stone schedule or social media distractions.

 

In this article we aim to give you a crash course on how to best handle working from home.

 

The pro tips below are going to focus on your efficiency and getting things done without burning out.

 

  1. Schedule your work sessions.

 

The thing with remote work is that it’s nothing but deadlines. You decide how to pace yourself. There are no car/bus rides to work, but there is also no one to tell you it’s time to go home. While that may seem like a breath of fresh air at first, a tight schedule is a good thing.

 

Why?

 

To put it simply: if you set up a schedule, you work faster. If you don’t have a schedule while working from home, you’re likely to spread the workload on your day in a thin layer, kind of like butter on bread.

 

This leaves you with less free time and fewer results.

 

  1. Get distracted on your own terms.

 

When you work from home, there is no one to scold you for watching cat videos instead of finally rendering that 3D model. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who peek over your digital fence just to say hi, share a memo, or engage in small talk.

 

Make sure you disable the unimportant notifications. Let your significant others know when you’re working. Don’t let social media interrupt your work flow.

 

  1. Know when to stop.

 

You don’t stay at the office until midnight every week just because you feel like it. There are laws that prohibit employers from exhausting their employees like that.

 

And yet we all tend to break the rule by staying up late to work some more.

 

This way you disrupt your sleeping schedule and cause other unpleasant surprises for your body.

 

Here we go back to the first tip: your schedule is going to prevent you from overworking.

 

  1. “If you want to be smart – run.”

 

Physical activity benefits your body and mind. Finishing tasks faster, coming up with creative ideas, and feeling better in general will make you more productive working remotely.

 

Our advice: exercise. Take walks. Do fitness. Dance. Hike. Anything but sitting still all day killing your spine and blood vessels.

 

  1. High quality rest only.

 

Working from home while rested is much more fulfilling than working on your last legs. Strangely, even the scheduled and regular rest can leave you feeling tired – mentally, physically, or both.

 

In most cases this means you don’t relax during your free time.

 

Don’t think about work. Don’t look at work. Don’t call renovating your apartment, taking children to the doctor, scrolling social media, or buying groceries “rest”. We’ve all been there. It’s not worth the fallout.

 

  1. Communicate with colleagues.

 

Remote work is a lonely business only if you let it become one. Communicating with others helps you exchange experiences and (frankly) stay sane.

 

It doesn’t matter if you work for a large company or freelancing, you can always find someone to talk to about your job.

 

Attend the team building Zoom calls with your colleagues. Find the internet spaces catering to your occupation. Ask for and provide advice. Stay in the flow.

 

  1. Set up your personal work space.

 

Multiple studies have proven we need personal space to stay productive, at home or at work. This is a chief reason why open-plan offices failed.

 

But your personal space for remote work has the additional requirement of it being a work space. Make sure the environment helps you accomplish work tasks comfortably and on time.

 

The common mistake here is mixing work and entertainment, especially getting distracted by the features of your own laptop or PC. In many cases, using a different browser and using tools to showcase time spent on entertainment websites can help you keep the strong urge to watch cat videos in check.

 

Love What You Do

 

The main ingredient to productivity is passion. If the job makes you experience joy and fulfilment, you will always strive for productivity, whether you work from home or at the office.



Senstone Inc. is here to help you capture ideas and boost your workflow. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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