Google Voice Typing Now in Google Slides

Google Slides Tools Menu

Many of us have been using Google Voice Typing with Google Docs.  It is now available in Google Slides also!  Find it in the same location: under the Tools tab.  It’s important to note that the Voice Typing will  only input text into the Speaker Notes section, however a simple “copy + paste” will allow the text to be transferred to the slide.  This can be a terrific solution for some students who struggle with writing, especially keyboarding and handwriting.

Find more information and “how to’s” at this link for Google Voice Typing Support.

Voice Dictation – Free in Chrome

microphoneDid you know that there are two voice dictation, or voice-to-text options in Google Chrome?  Both are simple to use, require no software download, and are free!

Utilize your internal computer microphone, or an external microphone.  Click on the “mic” icon, and begin dictation.  Once dictation (and corresponding transcription) are complete, simply copy and paste into any application – word processing document, Google Docs, email, Facebook, etc.  You can find them and try them yourself at these links:  Online Dictation or Talk Typer.  Both options work on Mac or PC computers.

Need Keyboarding Practice?

In years past, every high school student took a “typing” course. With the introduction of computers, “keyboarding” found it’s way into the elementary grades. While computers have become an increasingly large part of our schools and classrooms, keyboard practice has made its way right out of many schools. Some students are able to learn efficient keyboarding on their own, however many would benefit from more dedicated practice.

While there are many sites online that offer free typing activities and games, one site has collected a variety of these in one place. Click here to find online typing tutors.

K-12 Livescribe in Education Wiki

Looking for ideas and implementation for the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen?  Check out this Livescribe K-12  wiki hosted by Tim Fahlberg, K-12 Educational Representative for Livescribe in MN and WI.  Tim is the author of Mathcasts and hosts the Livescribe education blog at (another Livescribe resource to use).

This Livescribe wiki has some nice resources, ideas, videos, etc. demonstrating use of the Smartpen in educational content areas.

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

What is a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen?

For student and classroom applications, videos etc., click here:   Livescribe in Education Blog
The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen is one of the most recent innovations in the high tech portfolio of Livescribe. It is a smartpen in the sense that:

■It can record everything that you write or draw.
■It can record everything that you dictate because it has an audio capture device that captures the audio in the environment.
■It has a sort of hard disk that acts as the reservoir of the audio that the pen has collected as well as all the words or drawings that the pen transcribed.
■It has a speaker that repeats everything that it heard.
■It has a USB port that allows transfer and storage of files from the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen to the computer.
■All of the first four features that I mentioned above are packed in small pen that fits your pocket.
How does it work?
The Livescribe Pulse Smartpen can record, write and playback audio and words that were transcribed. It can also store and transfer file

Using the Typewriter Tool in Adobe Reader

We have had some success this year having students use Adobe Reader’s Typewriter Tool to fill in content/answers on PDF forms/worksheets/quizzes/tests/etc.  The “Typewriter Tool” must be activated with the full version of Adobe Acrobat, but then can be utilized on any computer in the free Adobe Reader.  In the newest version of Adobe X, the Typewriter Tool is in a new location within the menus.  Click below for this a video showing how it’s done (Thanks to AssistiveTek):

If you are still working with Adobe Acrobat 9, this video will show you how to activate the Typewriter Tool: