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Testimonials for Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11.5

A parent:
For our 12 year old son, school was a nightmare. His Aspergers made the work tedious, his dyslexia was frustrating, and his dysgraphia made handwriting extremely difficult and exhausting. According to him, it was torture every day until he met the Dragon. It took a bit of practice and he was frustrated when the dragon didn't understand him. He even was heard reprimanding the dragon for making mistakes! Soon, however, he and the Dragon became fast friends. Sometimes they would play too much and Alex enjoyed tricking the Dragon with sound effects. It's now almost 4 years later and Alex and the Dragon are still friends. Alex has been able to write wonderfully imaginative stories with the help of the Dragon, as well as, complete other academic projects in high school. Now, he and the Dragon talk often which allows his ideas to be communicated more effectively so that the true Alex shines through. Thank you Dragon!

A parent:
For eight years my child has had exceptional challenges in the classroom. It began in kindergarten and he is now a 7th grader. We were told that he didn't recognize vowel sounds and that his reading skills were very poor. We tried everything to determine his problem and to get him assistance. I immediately went to work to get an IEP (individualized education program) developed for him so that he would have assistance in the classroom. …Dragon has allowed him to have perfect notes, which has also helped him improve his grades from C's and D's to ALL B's. Not only are we thrilled for him, but his self-esteem has dramatically improved and he has so much self-confidence! This program has been worth every penny that we paid. …We are thrilled with this program and the best part is that now he talks about wanting to go on to college, where before he adamantly refused because he was so frustrated with school that he felt like college would be impossible. This program has changed my child's life drastically for the better and to hear him speaking of going to college because of what Dragon can do for him........truly a success story!!

Amy Hale:
“Dragon NaturallySpeaking has absolutely changed my life! I am what you might call a cyber professor, I teach Humanities and Anthropology to students around the world entirely online. In order to make a living this way, I have to teach a lot of classes. With the volume of students I teach, I read a lot of e-mails, grade a lot of papers, and facilitate many discussion boards every week. When my classroom-based colleagues ask me what my secret is, I tell them quite simply that it is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Dragon allows me to effectively and efficiently provide my students with the attention and feedback they deserve. It works with all of my learning management systems, and I can navigate the web with ease.”

Andrea Feidi:
“I was born in Italy, and after I completed my Bachelor at the University of Florence, I got married and moved to Canada first, then to the U.S., when I was offered a position to teach Italian language and culture at the University of Stony Brook. Every semester, I teach courses in Italian, designed for our Italian majors (most of whom proceed to become middle and high school language teachers), and courses in English, including one on Italian civilization from the foundation of Rome to the Renaissance, which has more than 200 students every spring. … Even though I am not a native speaker of English, and I speak with an accent that is still noticeable, thanks to the progress made by Dragon through the years and to the option of training the program to recognize my less-than-perfect pronunciation, I'm able to use it every day for several hours, and, occasionally, in class. Every semester I send out an average of 1000 e-mail messages, in both Italian and English, all of them comfortably dictated into my computer. .... In my opinion, there's no better way to work for a professional in the humanities, whose world is practically made up entirely of words.”

“I have been teaching part-time as an adjunct professor from George Mason University, Fairfax County Virginia for the past few years. Recently, I made the switch from the brick-and-mortar school to the online community by accepting a teaching assignment with the University of Phoenix. One of the fundamental differences of teaching online is that all your interaction is done in an online format that requires extensive feedback. I was intrigued with the possibility of being able to provide feedback to my student’s papers / essays while speaking to the computer … I’m very happy to say six months into the program. I have nothing but positive comments. While there has been a slight learning curve, it has not been anywhere near as dramatic as I originally thought. So now I am free to give in-depth detailed responses to my students to a level that was not afforded to me before. This has proven to be beneficial to me, but I think it's really more beneficial to my student. I am able to explain in detail those areas that were well done, and those areas that need improvement. This has truly been a wonderful tool and a tremendous enhancement to my teaching.”

Jerry Kaber, teacher:
“I use Dragon to correct college student assignments. It allows me to quickly address corrections and recommendations to the writer in a comfortable and easy manner. The reaction from the students is that they seem to think I am talking to them instead of using very brief messages that are not very candid or in any detail. I can add enormous detail very easily. When correcting papers one tends to use very limited explanations to the writer, but with Dragon one can easily explain complex ideas and elaborate issues very easily. Using it along the Microsoft check tracker, the statement dictated stands out in any color you like. I have influenced many faculty to use it and especially those that are doing research and writing books.”

Katherine Kantardjieff, facility coordinator:
“I am the faculty coordinator for academic technology on my campus, Cal State Fullerton, where I have pioneered the use of web conferencing tools to create synchronous and blended learning environments in a variety of courses, including chemistry. Because we are also trying to find creative ways to encourage faculty campus-wide to explore technology in teaching, and we must keep the learning curve fairly shallow in training them to create ADA compliant course sites and materials, I have explored using various tools in combination. Our campus has an enterprise license for ilinc, which many faculty use. I liked what I read about Dragon, purchased it, learned it, and then began experimenting with its use in tandem with ilinc. This has created a beautiful solution to create a fully ADA compliant synchronous course environment. Students can see my presentation, hear my audio, AND, with Dragon, a transcript of what I say is beautifully captured in the chat box. I can record the entire session, and the chat thread can be post-edited for punctuation, stray typographical errors, or odd scientific terms/symbols.”

Leo Benoit, AT Center:
“I work at an AT (Assistive Technology) center in New Hampshire… For many of years now I have taught teachers, so that they can help their students with learning disabilities, students with learning disabilities, workers with physical limitations, and people who use it for recreational purposes as well. Because of [Dragon] I can write more intelligently than before. This is not because I did not have a good vocabulary I just did not know how to spell the words that would give my writing power. I would use smaller words such as big instead of gigantic, car instead of automobile and happy instead of joyful. It has helped me and countless others achieve their goals in life, I know this because as an assistant technologist I have introduced NaturallySpeaking to others who need assistive technology to access their computers.”