Tech Bulletin #15

Monday 8th June 2015

This week...

  • Years 5/6 production no Y5/6 Computing
  • No Y4 Computing - watching dress rehearsal
  • F2/Y2 Computing as normal
  • Craig out Thursday - BSN Calendar Meeting
  • D1JA - whole class (as per plans) - Craig out
  • Friday Computing as normal

Using dictation on iPad

During our Computing lesson in D2KB this week we experimented with dictation. The children were attempting to type a number of sentences and so we decided to try the dictation feature to see if it would speed up the process. We had varying degrees of success but it reminded us how useful it could be for some of our pupils. The feature requires patience and some training but it may be of some use to you.


Do you still have some report statements to write? Try the dictation feature and see if it speeds up the process. Dictate into Note or a Word document and paste it into SIMs.

How to use iPad voice dictation

  1. Tap the microphone button on the iPad's on-screen keyboard. This tells the iPad that you want to start dictating. Not seeing a microphone button? Remember, you need a valid internet connection to use voice dictation and SIRI must be enabled in the settings.
  2. Talk. The iPad will record your voice and turn it into text when you are finished. (Be sure to read over the keywords below to find out how to start a new sentence or a new paragraph.)
  3. Tap the microphone button again to stop dictating. In a few seconds, the iPad will turn your speech into words on the screen. Be sure to read it over or use speak selection to listen to your text. Voice dictation isn't perfect, so you may need to make a few adjustments using the keyboard.


Source : OCSB

iPad voice dictation keywords

The iPad's voice dictation is surprisingly good at translating voice into speech, even for those of us who have thick accents. What about ending a sentence with a question mark or starting a new paragraph? To get the most out of voice dictation, use these keywords:

  • "Period". The "." is the standard way to end a sentence. It includes a space after the period, so you are ready for your next sentence.
  • "Question Mark". The "?" also includes a trailing space.
  • "New Paragraph". This keyword phrase starts a new paragraph. Remember to end the previous sentence before beginning the new paragraph.
  • "Exclamation Point". The "!" includes a trailing space.
  • "Comma". The "," includes a trailing space.
  • "Colon". The ";" includes a trailing space.
  • "Semicolon". The ":" includes a trailing space.
  • "Ellipsis". The "..." includes a trailing space.
  • "Quote" and "Unquote". The " produced by saying "quote" does not produce a trailing space. The " produced by saying "unquote" does include a trailing space.
  • "Slash". The "/" symbol.
  • "Asterisk". The "*" symbol.
  • "Ampersand". The "&" symbol.
  • "At Sign". The "@" symbol.


Source : OCSB