ERIC Number: ED395109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Giving Voice to Student Writing: Exploring the Uses of Speech Recognition and Speech Synthesis in a Writing Curriculum. Final Report.
Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Office of Computing Services.
A demonstration project explored the use of speech synthesis and speech recognition in writing-based classes held by two Philadelphia literacy providers. The project examined the use of high quality speech synthesis (the computer reads words from the screen in an understandable voice) and speech recognition (the computer responds to verbal commands) in facilitating press writing. The project used hardware and software that allowed learners to hear and edit their own writings on the computer. The software and hardware were integrated into writing-oriented classes already in place at the Community Learning Center and the Community Women's Education Project. Teachers at each location were instructed in the use of the hardware and software. Students wrote stories and listened to the computer read them back. Teachers reported that speech synthesis was useful for some students in encouraging more editing and better writing. Many students were able to recognize and correct more grammar and spelling errors after hearing their stories read back by the computer. The teachers thought that the program was worthwhile, especially for some students. Despite the claims of the creators of the speech recognition program, however, it took more computing power and time and energy to use than was provided for by the project. The project concluded that, although the technology offers promise in the future, it was not feasible to use it with the currently available version of the software. An additional result of the project was increased collaboration between the two agencies. (A protocol for process writing and a computer use log are included in an appendix to the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Office of Computing Services.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)