Managing a household with two teens and a toddler can be chaotic at times! We are currently dealing with year 8 and year 10- and all the assignments that go with it! This time of year is especially full on- the kids are working on their final assessments and getting ready for exams and everyone is getting a bit cranky (especially me!).
It can be hard to motivate them and coordinate all the assessments due. The good thing is they do get a lot of class time to work on their assessments, however then they need to come home and type up all the hand written work- and this is where it all falls down! My kids are TERRIBLE at typing. They went to a primary school with no computer skills classes and it's definitely set them back in high school. It is painful to sit there as they type oh-so-slowly and everything takes forever... and this is where Dragon comes in! Dragon Dictate is a program that gives them the option of dictating their notes to the computer... so no typing!!!
Dragon is designed to recognise your voice. When you set it up you go through a voice recognition process, which means that it makes less mistakes because it understands your voice patterns. Once you've finished teaching it you complete the basic training to show you how to use it- then off you go!
Sure, it makes the occasional spelling mistake or mishears you, but it's easily corrected once you learn the voice commands. It's a million times better than the voice control software they used to have when I was younger- it never worked!!! I dreamed of being able to just talk to the computer instead of having to type endlessly. My daughter never stops talking and it can be hard to get her to sit down and be quiet to work- so this way she can combine the talking and the working!
We've been spending the holidays ploughing through all the assignments (in-between my daughter's babysitting work and my son's volunteer work at the zoo) and it's just made life so much easier! They are loving just reading their class notes to the computer (and even the 2 year old is having a bit of fun with it!). I have to say- even I'm enjoying it! I've been using it to work on some blog posts and I can multi task thanks to the very long cord on the headphones!
So if you need some help motivating your teenagers to get their homework done I can recommend Dragon. To help you make the most of your time we are also giving away 5 Dragon packs to 5 lucky readers. To enter tell us why you need Dragon in your life!
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