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If Kaizena is focused on sharing audio feedback, Google speech recognition engine is now available in Google Docs. This tool allows you to speak in place of typing. Instead of using the keyboard, you can directly dictate your text or comments and they will be transcribed as text onto your document.
Dictate Text in Google Docs
To activate the speech engine, open a Google Doc and click on Tools > Voice Typing. An overlay icon of a microphone will pop up, click it and start talking while it is red.
Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the microphone again to turn it off.
Combined with Google Docs suggestion mode, this is a fast way to leave comments on your students work in two clicks. Watch the animated image below to learn how to dictate text in Google Docs and pay attention to how I switched the suggesting mode on to add suggestions for the students:
Language teachers could use the power of Google’s voice recognition to help their students’ pronunciation in foreign languages. If the computer recognizes the words the students spoke out, they pronounced it well!
Tips For Speech Recognition
- Speak slower but conversationally
- Speak close to your computer’s microphone (on the left side of your MacBook Pro) in a quiet room
- Here are the following commands to enter punctuation:
Period = . Comma = , Question mark = ? Exclamation = ! Apostrophe = apostrophe (‘) New paragraph = starts a new paragraph
Google’s Artificial Intelligence Behind Speech Recognition
Google’s voice recognition engine uses a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning. Andrew Ng defines his development of deep learning at Google as “a learning technology that works by loosely simulating the brain”. You can learn more about deep learning artificial intelligences powering speech and image recognition in Deep-Learning AI Is Taking Over Tech on re/code.