Monday, August 25, 2008

Jott is out of Beta...Alternative Speech to Text Free Services

The bad news is the one of my favorite resources Jott, is out of beta. This means that some of the best features you have to pay for. While it is not expensive, I am not a proponent of asking students or teachers to pay for resources. Therefore I wanted to compare a few other tools similar to Jott that allow for FREE speech to text translation/messaging services.

I am becoming a big fan of this site. It is quick and easy to use. You call in to Dial2Do, tell them what you want to do ("email" "text" "twitter" "reminder") and then speak your message. Almost instantly it is transcribed (definitely faster than Jott) to a text-based message. I am a big fan of the "text" option, since I can send myself a text message reminder (such as someone giving me directions, I can call Dial2Do and have them speak the directions into the phone, and have them instantly "text messaged" to me!). Like Jott, Dial2Do does have group messaging serivces. Therefore with one phone call you can send multiple text and/or email messages. Each message also becomes an instant downloadable MP3 file. Dial2Do backs up all messages in your Dial2Do account. Even better, if you choose to send yourself "reminders" you can check them off the list in Dial2Do. That could be very helpful for teacher and student organization.

I have written about Reqall before.

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