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Training Your Dragon to Speak Math

| Proposal No: 1947

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  • Wink Harner, Assistive Technology Consultant, The Foreign Type

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Demonstration and hands-on workshop using Dragon Naturally Speaking, Math Talk with Scientific Notebook to dictate math. A basic step-by-step guide and practice using dictation software to produce typewritten math, from basic mathematics to trigonometry.


This demonstration and hands-on workshop will present an overview of the program, the steps to training the math vocabulary using Dragon Naturally Speaking, to practice dictating math problems and simple formulas. Participants will be provided with terminology handouts, simple user guide tools, and the opportunity to learn a technology particularly helpful for students who may need technology for hands-free math homework, quizzes & tests, and for students with math-related disability such as dyscalculia. This workshop will focus on how to use the technology.


  1. Introduction & Demonstration of Math Talk
  2. Using Basic Math Vocabulary
  3. Math Dictation Basic Training

Speaker Bio(s)

Wink Harner

Wink Harner - Has been an active member of ATHEN for a number of years and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Member-At-Large. Wink was recently invited as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Texas AHEAD conference. She is the former director of disability services at Mesa Community College in Arizona, the Adaptive Technology Specialist for the DR office at Southern Oregon University, and is currently doing freelance adaptive technology consulting and highly specialized alternative text conversions in math, sciences and foreign languages. She has been a professor of multiple languages for more than 25 years and since August 2016, she has been teaching the assistive technology in higher education core courses for CUNY's Masters in Disability Studies Program.