While this may not be known to everyone, Google Docs is fully loaded with tons of friendly features that are in place to assist the reading and writing skills of those using it. This especially comes of help in primary classrooms where students are starting to grasp the endless limits of vocabulary. Of all the wonderful praises that can be sung for Google Docs, the most fascinating feature is voice-typing. It is a speech-to-text feature that is built in to this and can be accessed if there is a microphone attached, without too much external disturbance and with enough voice accuracy to speak clearly. There are no limits to the kind of tasks you can get Google Docs’ voice-typing feature to do, sometimes even in other languages.
It is a time-saver
If you’re one of those people who talk faster than they type, then voice typing is the feature for you. In this, lies the time-saving characteristic of Google Docs. Taking down notes in class doesn’t have to depend on good typing skills anymore – this feature can simply take down the notes as the teacher speaks or you speak in tandem with the class. Use voice typing for your research and essays and save valuable time that would otherwise have to go in typing the information out.
There is no bias – speak anything
While the time saving features comes especially handy when writing information-heavy articles, you can always use the voice typing feature for multiple tasks – your to-do lists, class notes, research statements that spark ideas you want to explore later, sudden vocabulary insights any almost anything you wish to be written down but couldn’t be bothered to get a pen for. Keep in mind that the feature also comes with the ability to allow formatting, punctuation and correct any mistakes with a single command addressing the same.
For the children
Haven’t we often listened to stories by young children and wondered what it would actually turn out to be if the toddlers knew how to write and spell as well? Well, Google Docs’ voice-typing feature has now used this gap. Let age, spelling or punctuation requirements not be an obstacle for any child who narrates the most wonderful stories, weaving the imagination strands into compositions that are worthy of recognition. Dictating stories can also help the young ones with their punctuation skills as they see their stories take form through words. Who knows, with this feature there will be a lot more authors at ages that defy tradition!
Be creative in any language
There’s no stopping your creativity as the voice-typing feature hosts close to 90 languages which you can utilize to narrate anything without worrying about the language barrier. This is especially useful for those individuals learning a new language – they can always use a comfortable language to dictate and see their composition take form and take the time to understand which word translates to what end result. They can also use available features to translate available documents into a preferred language. With this, the common perception that learning English is important to bridge the gap with languages becomes null and void.
Mobile app version
Since you never know when an idea might strike, Google Docs makes sure to cover a mobile app version that ensures you can dictate directly into the device. All you’ve to do is to press the microphone icon that is present on the note-taking app before proceeding to dictate scientific innovations to your grocery checklist.
Keeping up with Technology
Speech-to-text is becoming an important part of every piece of technology as innovators realize that people have begun to realize the importance attached to the provision and to use it consistently for a lot of purposes. This will gradually make it a norm, an occurrence that happens and will, one day, not invite too many stares when you stand in the grocery check-out line and mumble into your phone or watch. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) make progress in leaps and bounds beyond human comprehension, the only solution left is to go through the multiple technological innovations and attach them to daily-life activities, watching them become something that we can’t live without and mock the ease they bring until the mocking stops and the appreciation begins.
From struggling writers who wish to make a breakthrough in a certain language but wonder if their capabilities are sufficient to mothers who try to balance their shopping cart, bag and children and even the busy working professional with multiple deadlines and a never-ending checklist, Google Docs and its voice-typing feature is here to serve everyone’s needs. A simple feature packs a lot of potential in various languages and accuracy enough to translate one language into another – the possibility is astounding and the aspirations are endless. Once you ensure adequate voice accuracy through a necessary microphone fitted to your preferred device, you are a bird free to fly with no limitations. The tool can unlock its true potential in basic learning stages during primary and secondary grades to suit up the weaker students and help them achieve the same goals as other students – the feature is the epitome of balanced learning as it uses technology to equip the weaker students with necessary features and a limitless vocabulary at the tip of their tongue.
Gone are the days where people used to mock speech-to-text features as something completely unreliable and a waste of space. The revolution started with Google, its search engine incorporating the text-to-speech engine that is built into the Chrome browser, named as the Google Assistant. Conducting voice searches have now become increasingly effective and accurate, based on the voice commands given. The translation of this sophisticated technology into Google Docs as part of its dictation capabilities in both Google Docs and Google slides is ingenious and a feature that needs to be marked for the future.…
As a teacher, it can be simultaneously difficult and necessary to keep updated on the latest technology available that allows students to understand and utilize their capabilities to its maximum potential. In this context, various digital tools are constantly on the rise for supporting classroom activities – here, we specify the advantages associated with using Google Docs to improve student writing skills. Along with access to built-in features that are many and incredible, G Suite and Google Docs also offer third-party extensions and other add-ons to provide an all-rounded experience.
Say goodbye to typing skills
Gone is the perception that digital skills predominantly begin with having good typing skills. Introducing the Voice-Typing feature of Google Docs, there is no worry about bringing forward the content in mind to the tips of your fingers – you can simply start speaking and not worry about lack of speed, poor punctuation or any other stumbling blocks. You don’t have to spend any more time staring at the blank page and force your best version out – you can present all your ideas and then take the time to take them through a selection process and deem which one is worthy of continuation. The tool is also a God-send for students with learning disabilities.
No worries about the intricate details
Once upon a time, typing skills depended on various factors such as proper punctuation, grammar skills and the ability to predict most spellings correctly. Now, Google Docs will cover this part concerning the intricacies of writing and leave you to focus on the core of the writing and presenting your ideas. There are tools for spelling checks and grammar tools which provide suggestions consistently so that you can choose the best option that goes with the intended meaning. The toolbar also has a ‘check it’ feature which checks for a lot more such as phonetic spellings, homophones, etc.
Utilize the ‘version history’ feature
This feature allows you to track which person did what and at what time. This history is automatically updated every seconds and the supervisor can always monitor this to ensure students are on the right track. It provides details on the kind of changes made in the evolution of the document and what the student contributed, with a different color for each user and their contribution, accompanied by a time-stamp. The instructor can witness the writing process in action, especially in collaborative works. A helpful feature is that you can restore older versions if the document gets deleted.
Erase the ‘tip-of-the-tongue’ feeling
Ever been at the edge of finding the precise work to suit that sentence but failing to word it out anyway? This is where you’ll bless the existence of the word prediction tool called ‘Read&Write’ for Google Chrome. When one starts typing after switching on the tool, the suggested words come immediately for continuing the sentence and are a great help, especially for struggling writers and students.
Healthy feedback process
Feedback is a powerful tool – constructive criticism from one’s instructors and peers can have a well-intended effect on research papers and articles of perspective. Moves at student collaboration is the prime examples of peers helping each other to reach their best. For effective criticism, students can follow the strategy of observing something they like in the content, asking questions based on the content and then giving a positive suggestion. For this strategy to work, students should get used to viewing works critically and be given examples of this strategy functioning. Teachers and instructors can always assign the responsibility of both tasks and adding comments on their peers’ works for students. Use the voice-typing feature to be a little fancy and add voice comments – it shows as a comment bubble with a play button.
Editing Google Docs
Students should also have adequate experience editing Google Docs – make sure that this option is always made available, apart from suggestions and viewing the document. These options are available under the umbrella option of ‘Share’. Editing rights is naturally given to the creator of the document and has to be passed on by the creator to others if they wish to edit as well. The feature of suggesting is a little more specific where collaborators on a single document can suggest changes, edits and revisions to the existing document – these changes are highlighted in green and appears as a comment to the right for the perusal of the creator, who can then accept or reject these.
No more vocabulary searches
With the built-in dictionary, there is no more searching around for terms (on Google itself, because it is a preferred search engine for many). There are provisions for looking up words, their meanings, their fit into sections of the content, etc.
For the researchers
We have all heard of citations and the pain they cause to students engaging in research. Google Docs works to ease this pain a little by incorporating a built-in citation feature that works wonders. Gone are the days where you have to worry about the ideal format and the various bits of information that make up on proper citation. The ‘Explore’ tool offers this feature. It also assists in getting students from younger grades to be accountable for their research, which will help them avoid the headache when it will definitely come up later. The search query will give you the option of typing in the query and finding the required citation at the bottom of the document.
Welcome to WriQ
This is the true innovation for teachers who can now welcome the paperless age and the traditional mannerisms of assessing and correction with the trademark red pen. Google Chrome provides a free extension named ‘WriQ’ that gives grading a more objective viewpoint, is both accurate and consistent. It allows the ones graded to track their progress clearly as the tool instantly assesses the document according to the given criteria, removing all possibilities of bias, the cumbersome manual task of correction and other issues.…