Helpful Apps and Software Tools For Your Learning Needs

Speech to Text Tools:

Speech to Text on a Mac Pro

  • Mac Pro has Speech to Text built into the computer.
  • Basic dictation is essentially always enabled by default — you just need to activate it.
  • To turn the Speech to Text on, double-press the Fn key on keyboard two times.
  • A small microphone pops up to turn dictation on and off.
  • Click Done under the microphone icon or press the Fn key once when you're finished dictating.
  • An Office add-in for Windows Outlook, Word and PowerPoint that converts speech to text using the state-of-the-art speech recognition.
  • When you Download Garage Dictate for Windows you need to reveal the Dictation tab on the Ribbon.
  • Then click on the Mic icon to start the voice to text speech recognition.
  • The dictation software picks up your speech patterns and translates it into text on page.
  • Microsoft Dictate is supported on Windows 8.1 or later, Office 2013 or later, using .NET Framework 4.5.0 or later.

Reading Tools:


  • Capti is an education and productivity app for listening to e-books, documents, and web pages.
  • Can be used for learning English and other languages, as well as for listening to any reading materials on the go and hands-free.
  • To start using Capti, simply add your reading materials to the Playlist from a variety of sources, set your preferred voice and speech rate, and enjoy having your content narrated to you on a computer or your mobile device.
  • Some features include searching for words on documents, bookmarks and setting page numbers and headings.

Speech Central

  • First ever text to speech app to feature interactive web on the go.
  • Users can interact with web sites and RSS feeds and pick articles to be read aloud by using headphones or Bluetooth hands-free.
  • Listen to the internet and browse it without looking to the screen while commuting, walking, running, doing the housework or another activity and save an hour each day


  • EasyReader is Audio Books that are intuitive and easy to use.
  • You can playback with Synchronized Highlighting. This means you can follow along as the app reads your book with highlighted text, perfectly synchronized with the book's audio.
  • Use the play button to start and pause reading or for convenience, a two-finger tap.
  • It plays your book using either the human narration included or, if it's a text only book, EasyReader can add speech; skip forward or rewind; pause; or adjust the reading speed to suit you.

Notetaking Apps and Software:

AudioNote 2

  • Links the notes you take to the audio recorded when you take them.
  • The result is a linked index of your recording that quickly provides invaluable audio context for your notes.
  • You can record, take notes, playback, organize, sync and share.

Notes Features

  • Create a new note directly in the Notes app or ask Siri to start one for you.
  • Delete a note or recover a deleted note.
  • Pin a note which is like prioritizing the note.
  • Add an attachment or add something from another app.
  • Add the attachment to a new note or an existing one.
  • Add a photo or video to a note.
  • With the tip of your finger, you can sketch an idea or plan in your note.
  • Choose from a selection of drawing tools and colors or use a ruler to draw straight lines.
  • If you make a mistake, tap the eraser, then select the area you want to erase.
  • To erase everything in the sketch, touch and hold the eraser, then tap Erase All.
  • If you accidentally erase something, tap the Undo icon.
  • Search for a note or attachment.


  • If you've used other Microsoft Office apps in the past, the basic layout of this app will be familiar, with many of the same menus appearing across the top.
  • Before you begin creating notes, it helps to know about how you can organize them.
  • OneNote uses Notebooks, which contain Sections, which contain Pages.
  • Each page in OneNote acts like a piece of paper.
  • You can type on it, paste images or files into it, draw using sketching and paint tools, record an audio memo, or paste other information into it.
  • You can click anywhere and start typing, then drag elements around to the part of the page you want.


  • Otter turns your voice conversations into smart notes that you can easily search and share.
  • You can use it to take notes at your meetings and interviews, capture your thoughts and ideas while you’re driving in the car, and transcribe your existing recordings and podcasts.
  • You can even snap photos (e.g. of a whiteboard, or a speaker or presentation slide at an event) during a recording and they will be inserted in line with your transcripts.



Last Modified: 3/25/24