Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Access (Week 15)

Today we worked on our Access projects. We were introduced to many different aspects of the program and the way it works. We used this knowledge to create two different databases that could be used in the real world. The first database is an inventory list of books that we have purchased for the OAD program. The second was an inventory list of household items that we would want for insurance purposes. I found Access to be easy to use and fun to create. However, I have taken Access in the past and that is why I understood it. When I first took Access, I was very lost. This is the kind of program that once you use it a lot you begin to understand it more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Podcasting (Week 14)

This week I worked on podcasting. I have never done any sort of podcasting before and it was very interesting to have a try at it. I found the device, itself, extremely easy to use and was comfortable with it. I feel that this would be a great tool to use in the office place, especially during meetings, conferences, and other events with a lot of information. It would be helpful to have if your boss likes to dictate to you so that you could reference whatever areas you could not get in shorthand. Plus, I like that these can be saved to the computer forever for reference at later dates. I was apprehensive at first to try the podcasting because it can be a bit uncomfortable hearing your own voice. However, I was truly pleased to learn something new today and hope I have the opportunity to podcast in the future.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Week 13)

Today I finished up my work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I composed my two memos that were required. I used the technology of Dragon to write, edit, and complete those memos. I really enjoyed working with this software and would be anxious to use it in the workplace in the future. It was very interesting to see how well the program worked and understood my voice. I was very impressed with how well it worked. I have used voice recognition software in the past and was very frustrated with the amount of time it took to fix all the mistakes that the software misinterpreted. However, with Dragon, very few mistakes were made. Next week I will start on podcasting which should present an interesting change and new challenge to learn.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Week 12)

Today I worked with Dragon Naturally Speaking, a voice recognition software program. I found it very interesting and easy to use. Today consisted of a lot of reading aloud and letting the software analyze my speech. I went through several tutorials in the book and worked with a lot of the different features the program offers. Next week I will continue working with Dragon Naturally Speaking and compose two memos to turn in. These memos will help describe what I've learned today and what my views are on this program. I look forward to continuing this work next week.