Earlier in this space, we introduced Dragon NaturallySpeaking, a speech-recognition app. The program transcribes the spoken word to text. For someone with a physical disability prevents them from typing, or someone with dyslexia, this technology offers a critical solution.
It’s not only words that can pose barriers. From the same company, Nuance, comes MathTalk, software that allows the user to voice math without a keyboard. The user speaks the numbers, numerals, and symbols into the mic, and these appear on the computer screen. The user can also use their voice to move to a different line, as one would otherwise do with a mouse. And MathTalk integrated and works with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
The manufacturer notes that MathTalk helps helps students of pre-algebra and beyond learn the language of math, claiming that “voicing math helps teach user to both focus and formulate thoughts before speaking.”
Can create interest for doing math in a bright–but bored–student
- Can give confidence to a slow learner
- Saves and prints legible math work and email it to the instructor
- By using speech recognition, the user learns to speak more clearly and distinctly.
MathTalk joins our ever-expanding selection of assistive technology software, apps, and devices at the Technology Lending Center, a service free to New Jersey residents where they can “try it before they buy it.”