Posts Tagged ‘Education’

This week we shine the spotlight on Zach Osbrach, our customer of the week! Zach, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 40, used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help him realize his dream of opening a charter school for children with dyslexia.

Having experienced it himself and struggling for years with his disability, Zach decided that there was a need for an alternative to the public school system where children with dyslexia didn’t necessarily always receive the specialized attention they required. That’s when he came up with the idea of opening a charter school in Florida, and that’s also where Dragon came in. He says, “All of my charter school applications, grants, and other written documentation have been dictated with Dragon. As a severely dyslexic person, I could not have been successful without Dragon. For people like me who have severe language processing disabilities in the area of phoneme awareness, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is essential.” Today, Zach has opened his third school and he’s now working to create a national model for educating dyslexic children.

Read more about Zach’s story here.

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On this week’s episode of Ask the Dictator, we’re sharing one of our *fan favorites* from the archives — Inserting Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers in Microsoft Word. Watch for some great tips on how you can finish your school papers in even less time!

Check it out here:

Ask the Dictator – Inserting Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers

If you have a topic that you’d like to suggest for a future episode, let us know right here in the comments, or better yet, go to our Ask the Dictator page here and submit your suggestion!

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This week we shine the spotlight on CJ, our customer of the week! As a fifth grader struggling with dyslexia, CJ Wallace had difficulties keeping up with his peers in class – until he started to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Watch this video to hear CJ talk about how Dragon has helped him to improve his performance in school:

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As the days get shorter (yes, the months are ticking by), it’s important that you work effectively AND efficiently, getting the most important things done while your at work…so there is a little less homework to do after dinner! Jason Womack, author of the book Your Best Just Got Better, has three tips you can use right away to work smarter, think bigger and make more.

Tip #1: Interrupt people less…with more. The most common interruption in the workplace: A colleague asking if you “have a minute.” In some offices, this may happen 5, 10 even 15 times a day. What if, instead, they asked if you if you have “less than 15 minutes” and brought you a list of the 3 or even 4 things they’ve thought of recently? You may be able to cut the number of interruptions by 25% or more; this will give you longer blocks of time to work, while you’re working! You can practice this yourself (before asking them to do it) by bringing “3 or more” discussion points the next time you “interrupt someone.” Test it out, and see what happens.

Tip #2: Refocus on your Most Important Things. Today, make a list of the 2 or 3 MITs you know need your attention tomorrow. Write these on a sticky note, 3×5 note card, or as “day long events” on your digital calendar. Then, at least 4 times a day (morning, mid morning, noon, afternoon) ask yourself, “Am I working on my Most Important Things?” “What can I do in the next hour to move the mission forward?” Keep your notes throughout the week (Monday through Friday). At the end of the week, review how you’ve spent your time, energy and focus, and acknowledge the progress you made. Whether you feel like you’re neck-deep of the hustle and bustle at the office, or overloaded with your first semester finals as a college freshman, refocusing on your MITs can do wonders.

Tip #3: Your work is to curate your network. The five people you spent time with last week, did they push you or did they distract you? Did they help you, did they encourage you to move out of your comfort zone, closer toward achieving one (or more) of your BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals…thanks Jim Collins!)? Set your timer on your smartphone (or microwave oven!) for just 15 minutes and make a list of the people you spent time with over the past 4 weeks, and just what they’ve done to encourage you.

With just 96 blocks of 15-minutes each day, how you choose to use them, how you choose to FOCUS, will positively (or negatively) affect what you actually get done. Use these three tactics to Make More of less daylight. Doing so, you’ll have more time, and energy!, when you get home at the end of the day. What would YOU do with a little more “ooomph” at the end of your day? Let us know, visit www.ShareYourIdealDay.com.

Can’t get enough? Join Jason as he hosts a *live chat* with the Dragon team this Wednesday, September 19th to share more tips and tricks on productivity. We’ll be giving away free copies of Jason’s book, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and Dragon Dictate for Mac 3! Tune-in here, or by going to the Dragon Facebook page.

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Jason Womack – productivity expert and author of Your Best Just Got Better – is asking, “Would you know a great day if you saw one?” For years, Jason’s ideal days have become a reality, so now he’s looking to spread the word about how you can do this, and how it can enhance your productivity and quality of life. He’s so confident this will work for you that he’s offering to make *one* lucky reader’s ideal day come true!

Learn more and submit your Ideal Day here!

Need a little inspiration? Read these previous submissions!

Tune-in for our *live chat* with Jason on Wednesday, Sept. 19th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST for a chance to WIN Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 or Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, plus a copy of Jason’s new book.

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This week we shine the spotlight on Joe Romm, our customer of the week! Since starting to use Dragon over a decade ago, Joe estimates that he’s ‘written’ nearly four million words.

Romm first discovered Dragon Dictate for Mac when he suffered a minor hand injury that kept him from typing. Upon completing his first book with Dragon, he noted that the software “enabled him to double his productivity.” Since then, Joe has used Dragon to do everything from blogging, to sending emails, to dictating notes for the books he’s working on. He’s expecting to publish his eighth book since 1992 – “Language Intelligence” – written with just a little help from his trusty sidekick, Dragon Dictate.

Read more of Joe’s story here. (*note: defaults to open a .pdf)

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This week we shine the spotlight on Amanda Joyce, our customer of the week! After her freshman year of high school, Amanda suffered a severe repetitive strain injury which compromised the quality of work she was able to accomplish. Amanda has since discovered Dragon Dictate for Mac and credits the software for “pretty much salvaging [her] high school career.”

She further explains: “It was liberating not to be stuck to a keyboard. I ended up writing many essays while pacing back and forth in my room, and then editing later. I was able to work independently and turn in work I was satisfied with.” Amanda isn’t the only one at the Urban School relying on Dragon Dictate though — she’s just one of the dozens of students and faculty members who use it regularly to improve productivity, boost creativity, and provide a simple solution for those who aren’t the most tech savvy or who have suffered some type of injury.

Go here to read more about Amanda’s story and the Urban School’s adoption of Dragon Dictate.

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This week we shine the spotlight on Dr. Greg House, our customer of the week! After a skiing accident rendered him a C7 quadriplegic, Greg was worried he would never fulfill his lifelong ambitions as a medical professional. Today though, that’s all a distant memory, and Greg has not only graduated from medical school but has gone on to found two successful companies – with a little help from Dragon Dictate.

As a result of his injury, Greg explains how his typing abilities were somewhat limited: “Typing is completely out for me, except with one or two thumbs.” He found a solution in Dragon’s speech recognition software for Mac, and says he was impressed from the start. Not only has Dr. House used Dragon for class while pursuing his MBA, but also as he’s on-the-go making his rounds through the hospital: “I use it at the hospital to dictate notes. It keeps costs down because I don’t need a medical transcriptionist, which is 10-12 cents a line and really adds up fast.”

Today, Dr. House has achieved more than he ever thought possible and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon. Read Dr. House’s full story here. (*note: link defaults to open a pdf)

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This week we shine the spotlight on Sean, our customer of the week! Sean uses Dragon Dictate for Mac to manage his workload as an anthropological researcher, helping him by saving time and effort.

Sometimes spending over twelve hours a day in the field, Sean dreaded the thought of sitting at his computer for hours to type up his notes. Now having discovered speech recognition software, he explains: “The detail and quantity of my notes went way up with Dragon Dictate. In fact, I almost had too many notes, but that’s a good problem to have when you’re doing field research.” He’s also found that by using key words which he assigned specific meanings and by dictating into a digital recorder, the process has become much more streamlined. Currently a PhD student and teacher, Sean has started to use Dragon Dictate to write his dissertation and even respond to his students’ questions online.

Read more of Sean’s story here.

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This week we shine the spotlight on Erika, our customer of the week! Professor Erika Lin uses Dragon Dictate to help her be more productive, providing up to a 25-30% time savings over typing.

Two decades earlier when she was in high school, Erika was given an assignment in which she was supposed to theoretically invent a future technology – she decided on the idea of speech recognition technology that could be used with Mac computers. It wasn’t until 2008 when she revisited this idea and discovered MacSpeech Dictate. Today Erika cites Dictate as her trustworthy assistant, using the software to transcribe research notes for her upcoming book, grade students’ papers and write comments, send emails, and even create commands to work more efficiently. As an added benefit, she explains that she uses Dictate as a “preventive care” against potential injuries which she’s seen in her colleagues who type for endless hours. Erika says, “I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Read more about Erika’s story here.

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