#TechTipThursday: Speechnotes


Speechnotes is a free online notepad that allows you to record your thoughts by speaking them into your computer’s microphone in addition to typing. This is intended to be a tool that allows you to dictate your speeches or papers to your computer so you can ensure that they will have the same natural flow that you will have when speaking. While recording, you can speak or type specific punctuation marks to format your sentences. While this is not the intended purpose, you can also use this to record lectures in text form, as a transcript of sorts; the software does not automatically add punctuation so it won’t be formatted. However, since this software can run in the background without any user input, it can still be a useful tool to help capture a lecture in addition to normal notes or other methods. You can also use this tool to capture your dictated speeches or papers while you do research simultaneously. This post offers an introduction to using Speechnotes.

To access Speechnotes, visit https://speechnotes.co/.

  1. To being, click in the box that contains greyed out instructions and start typing or click the red microphone and start speaking. speech11
    1. While speaking, you can say any of the following to add punctuation marks. speech2
    2. If you say a sentence that happens to include one of the above words (such as “This painting is from the Classical period”), the software will do its best to figure out whether it is supposed to be represented as a word or the punctuation mark.
  2. Once you finish your work, there are a variety of methods you can use to save your data. The two paper icon in the bottom-right corner of the test area allows you to copy your text to the clipboard so you can paste it into a separate document. speech31
    1. The left-hand menu features several different icons, discussed below from the top to bottom.
      1. The gear icon gives you a few options, most notably including an option to change your language. speech4
    2. The “+ paper” icon starts a new session, clearing your current data. If auto-save is enabled the data will automatically be save and can be reopened if you need to access it again.  speechplus
    3. The folder icon allows you to open previous saved sessions. speech5
    4. The mail icon allows you to send what you’ve recorded as an e-mail. speech6
    5. The file to folder icon gives you several options for exporting your file, including uploading it to your Google Drive account, downloading it as a .txt file, downloading it as a .doc file, and saving it internally. speech7
    6. The printer icon lets you print your file. speech8
    7. The “+” and “- magnifying glass” icons change the size of the text recorded on your screen. speechmag


If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted by Michael, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.

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