The effects of speech to text technology on the writing process for students with learning disabilities

In a qualitative research project, potential applications of voice activated speech to text technology for students with learning disabilities in the area of special education will be explored. Research is conducted over a 12 week period in a public high school setting. This research addresses the acquisition, setup, training and use of Dragon Naturally Speaking® 8.1 Standard, in a classroom environment for students with Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals in writing. Attributes and difficulties of implementing use of speech to text technology are evaluated with recommendations for use along with strategies for training, instructional planning and future direction of research. Key Terms Voice activated Speech to text Learning Disability Special Education Dragon Naturally Speaking® Individualized Education Plan (IEP)