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Assistive Technology: Dictation (Speech-to-Text)

Assistive Technology resources for a variety of applications.

Android and iOS

Speech-to-Text on Android

To enable dictation on your Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the "Google Play Store" and install "Gboard - the Google Keyboard". 
  2. Once installed, a microphone button should appear on the top right of the keyboard while typing.
  3. Touch and hold this button when you wish to use dictation.

Text to Speech on Android


Speech-to-Text on iOS

To enable dictation on your Apple device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the "Settings" application.
  2. Then, go to "General" and "Keyboard". Here, you can "Enable Dictation".
  3. Once enabled, a microphone icon will appear on your keyboard to the left of the spacebar.

Microsoft Word

Dictation is built-in Microsoft Word! To use Dictation, click the microphone button on the right side of the "Home" tab in Word. You may be prompted to sign in with your NSCC credentials, as well as enable permissions for your microphone!

The Microsoft Word Help Center has list of commands to use with Dictation.


Dragon is a powerful speech-to-text (dictation) software. This program analyzes your voice to in order to recognize your speech patterns, making it extremely accurate. Dragon is available on Windows, as well as on Android and iOS mobile devices!

Prices start @ $215 CAD