Monday, 22 December 2014

The End of School, A New Beginning and A Great Start to Secondary with Nuance Dragon

*This post is sponsored on behalf of Dragon Nuance and Digital Parents Collective.

We're so thrilled to find the end of the school year is finally here around these parts. My kids are beyond excited! There is Christmas to look forward to, a holiday by the beach arranged and I am personally looking forward to popping all those school bags into the garage for storage for six whole, glorious weeks while we enjoy the break from routine.

This year marks the end of primary education for my eldest of the boys. I can't believe it all flew by so fast. If you too are also farewelling primary education with one of your children, you will understand that mixture of emotions you can both experience at this time. Besides the inevitable excitement, there's joy and pride and a little sadness too. There's also apprehension and a touch of fear on my Son's part. The end of primary education sees a whole new journey ahead and that's a lot for a twelve year old to digest on so many levels.

From my perspective, it's a busy time just arranging this transition into high school. There are endless orientation days, uniforms and books to buy, bus passes to sort and piles of paperwork to tend to, all before he can step across the new school's threshold in February.

A while ago here, I reviewed the software by Nuance; the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium Software. If you missed this post you can read it here. We were given the opportunity to try first-hand, this amazing speech to text program that is invaluable for students and others who have need to transcribe large volumes of work quickly without the hindrance of manually typing.

Despite the plethora of worries that we have for this next stage in our Son's life, I have to say we feel very confident our boy is off to a great start already with his homework and assignments in the new year. Nuance's NaturallySpeaking software has been put to good use by him since he self-installed it on our home PC several months back. Ki has dictated countless stories using it just for fun and really familiarised himself with the program many times over which has been so great to see.

If you are at all concerned about your own child's ability to cope with the volume of work and time constraints of school next year too, please consider the peace of mind that the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking aid can provide. By simply speaking into the microphone of their PC, your child can have their spoken word instantly transcribed by the software, into a fully typed and formatted document and one that's free of errors too. Considering speech is three times faster than typing, this can be an invaluable tool for capturing those important thoughts as soon as they are formed.

Using the NaturallySpeaking software is a fun way to learn and complete essential projects and for children in this fast-paced era in which we live, it's also an enjoyable and quick method too, leaving them more time to do the things they love. Even children who suffer from dyslexia can benefit greatly by using the program.

For a limited time, you can purchase the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software and receive 10% off the regular purchase price. This great offer is valid until the 31st of January 2015. Your purchase will also place you in the running to win one of 6, iPhone 6 mobile phones. (Hopefully another item of need ticked off your child's long list of school transition requirements!)

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking is available in Home and Premium formats for Windows and Dragon Dictate for Mac versions.
Do you have a child starting secondary school or university next year?
Are you concerned about your child's transition too?

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  1. I love the end of the year!! First year of Kindergarten done and dusted here, the big year 1 next year!! After the firat full day of holidays I am ready for school to go back!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours Jody xx.

    1. LOL Ann, I understand the frustration! I must admit I am slightly freaked at the number of people in my home at the moment. Good luck with the next 6 weeks and Merry Christmas!

  2. All my kids have finished school now forever - but I will never forget how much I LOVED school holidays so that we had a break from routine. No more packing lunches, no more early starts, no more drop offs and pickups and endless after school activities. Time was endless and usually included a gorgeous beach holiday. Mind you - by the end of the six weeks - I was ready to send them back ;-) All the very best of luck to your boy for starting high school in the new year. It's a very exciting time! Merry Christmas to you and your family :-) xo

    1. It's glorious isn't it?! No more boring stuff though the lot of them are making a load of housework for me instead and there's little peace. I will get used to it.
      Thank you for the best wishes too. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

  3. My parents are having a picnic on the beach in Spain for xmas this year. The idea of it being warm for xmas is just not something I can even imagine I don't think!

    1. I must admit, I am really curious as to what snow is like at Christmas time and would love to experience a real Christmas card Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful one! x

  4. Oh wow. This software sounds awesome :)

    High school can very daunting. I hope he fits right in.
    My eldest girl is starting primary next year. I'm nervous! I am sure she will be fine.


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