Voice Dictation in Google Docs

This week Google announced some new features to Drive and Google Classroom. You can find out about all the updates here, but today I want to share one that could be really useful for students and teachers alike. Google Docs now has a speech-to-text featureĀ called “Voice Typing” available when using Docs in Chrome. Open a Google Doc and under the “Tools” menu, choose “Voice Typing”.

voice typing Simply click the microphone icon and start speaking. While I haven’t tested it in anything but English, Google says it supports 40 different languages. Maybe some of you can test that out and comment on how it works! Here’s a brief demo I recorded:

This feature could be helpful for students who have difficulty transferring their thoughts into writing. Voice Typing could do the “heavy lifting”, allowing the student to go back to do the editing after the majority of the text has been recorded. It could also be an adaptation for students who struggle with keyboarding efficiently.

How could you and your students use Voice Typing?

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