Teaching speech to text

How to use speech-to-text on Microsoft Word to write and edit with your voice

Most schools are experiencing some one kind of lockdown these days. And that means more digital teaching and learning. Here is a way to help students and teachers who might need or want a break from typing. Perhaps you are having trouble writing for some reason. Perhaps your students do better in oral tasks but still need to hand in written assignments. Use dictation in Word. Easy and smart.

  • You can use speech-to-text on Microsoft Word through the “Dictate” feature.
  • With Microsoft Word’s “Dictate” feature, you can write using a microphone and your own voice.
  • When you use Dictate, you can say “new line” to create a new paragraph and add punctuation simply by saying the punctuation aloud.

While typing is certainly the most common way to create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, you’re not limited to using a keyboard.

Word supports speech-to-text, which lets you dictate your writing using voice recognition.

Speech-to-text in Word is convenient and surprisingly accurate, and can help anyone who has issues typing with a typical keyboard.

You can use speech-to-text in Microsoft Word in the same way on both Mac and PC. Source Business insider

Taking notes from a lecture online

Use a device like your phone. Open word and start the dictation function. I do that if I want to make sure I don’t miss anything  like when I sneak out to get a coffee or two




Microsoft announced in august 2020 that its popular Word app is getting new transcription and voice commanding capabilities this year. The first new feature, Transcribe in Word, will allow users to record conversations in the Word web app and have the word processor automatically transcribing it for them.

Transcribe in Word can also be used for recording discussions, as the feature is able to detect different speakers in a conversation. Transcripts will appear alongside the Word document users are working on, and adding a quote from a conversation can be done by clicking the plus icon on any line of the transcript. Even better, Transcribe in Word also works with pre-recorded audio and video files, though there’s a file size limit of 200MB.



Learning a foreign language?

Use dictation and see if the software understands you correctly. Or listen to a podcast using dictation to see the words in writing  this is a great tool for dyslexics


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