What No Special Voice to Text Tool?

Due to neuromuscular spine issues, my fingers sometimes do their own thing when typing on a Google Slide. I find using voice to text instead to be a valuable support. One challenge I have is a Google Slide’s voice to text tool is limited to the speaker notes section. Despite this limitation, it is still possible to use voice typing for designing the canvas area of a slide. 

One popular method is to use voice typing in the notes section. Then to copy and paste the notes section text onto the Google Slide canvas. If a person has a small motor or cognitive challenges, copying and pasting may be frustrating. Instead, I like to use my smartphone or a tablet device to voice type into a text box on Google Slides. 

Quite a few mobile devices come with a voice to text capability. If you need to install an APP for voice to text, try  GBoard by Google keyboard.  Note you may also need to install the Google Slide APP onto the mobile device. It is handy that more than one device may use the Google Slide from one account. I find it helpful to talk into the phone or tablet and watch the type appear on a bigger screen. Doing this makes it easier visually to check grammar or spelling errors on a bigger screen. Using voice to text for typing may unlock doors for many different people from young to old.

Practical & Simple Technology Application

Smartphone
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels

Yesterday I was impressed when my physical therapist asked, “Do you have a smartphone in your bag?” These words were followed by, “Can I use the camera to take a video of you?” The physical therapist recorded me working through my newest exercise guided by her step by step verbal directions. What a helpful idea it was to use a video for guiding this old brain with remembering each step. Sometimes the most simple technology application is the most supportive one to use.

Annotating with Doc Files & Keep

One of the questions I often hear is, “How can students annotate math notes without a whiteboard?” My answer is, “When using Google APPS it’s not a problem!” There is a hidden gem called Google Keep housed in Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Sheets. Google Keep provides a whiteboard where students can draw and write fluidly with one finger or a stylus. When the student finishes white-boarding all they have to do is drag the image onto the file. The Keep image allows the student to provide supporting details.

Open Keep Whiteboard

Click Keep

  • Click Open in New Tab Icon

Open in New Tab

  • Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing

cliick Pencil

Annotate with Color

  1. Open Keep Drawing
  2. Double Click a Pen
  3. Select Color and Pen Tip Size
  4. Start Drawing

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Drag Image onto a Google File

  1. Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
  2. Click Keep Icon 
    1. Located on Right-side
  3. Drag Keep Image onto file

Drag image

 

Add a Little Pizazz…

When using a Google Doc Table as a graphic organizer add some pizazz to jumpstart the thinking process. It may help a child or adult process a specific task faster.  Color filling the cells supports the writer with keeping track of where to type. Why not try simple tips such as this to save some precious time throughout one’s day?

How to Color Fill a Cell

  • Open Google Docs
  • In Doc Click the Cell you want Colored
  • In Toolbar Click Paint Bucket
  • Select the Color for the Cell

NOTE: Once the color is clicked the cell becomes filled with color.

fill cell color

 

Its the “Simple Things that Count”

While watching a child struggling to write a story the following thought hit me! Show the child how to make a simple graphic organizer using a single column table in Google Docs. Creating a simple table gave the student the tool they needed for proceeding to write independently.

Turn a Table Into a Graphic Organizer

  • Open a Google Doc
  • Click Insert
  • Select Table
  • Insert 1 column by 4 rows
  • Label each row
    • Title
    • Introduction
    • Details
      • remember to support your claim
    • Conclusion

table Graphic Organizer.gif