Putting the app in inappropriate

by Fiddledeedee on March 18, 2013

When it comes to Science, Jensen has pretty much been a self learner.  I just stand back and let nature takes its course.  As you know, he’s still in his Jurassic Period, logging many many hours with his nose in various dinosaur books.

We currently have 42 dinosaur-themed books checked out from the library.

The library personnel duck behind the counter when they see us coming.

For many reasons.

At this point, the boy is a walking talking roaring dinosaur encyclopedia.

Lately he has taken to putting down his dinosaur thoughts to paper, in the form of his own illustrated books.  At last count, he’s on book 4 in his series.  But pictures aren’t enough, he wants to have dialogue and information to accompany his drawings.  The only problem with this, is that he is still a Level 1 reader and speller.  There is only so much one can do with short vowel words when writing a book about dinosaurs.  Words like EAT, RIP, SHRED, and KILL can only go so far.

He knows how to write and spell DINOSAUR and TYRANNASAURUS REX.  But there are many many filler words that he’s needed help with.  Therefore he has turned to his bedraggled mother/teacher to painstakingly spell EVERY SINGLE WORD (sans the short vowel words).  This is especially super fun when I’m trying to plow through paperwork.  My tax return may contain some colorful carnage inspired descriptions.  Fitting.

And so Fiddledaddy came to my rescue.  He has discovered there is an app for everything, and so he put an app called Dragon Dictates on an old iPhone that Jensen uses for games.  You are able to speak a sentence into the phone and the words magically appear on the screen.  Spelled correctly.  Jensen is then able to transcribe the words onto the pages of his book.  Books that he loves nothing more than to share with friends (especially at the park, or at CHURCH).

There is only one problem.  Auto correct.  On occasion the app will play fast and loose with Jensen’s words.  Understanding.  Since he tends to use run on and very descriptive sentences.  But since Jensen is still reading at Level 1, he has no idea what he’s writing down in his book from the phone screen.

For example, today he recorded the following:

“Tyrannasaurus Rex is the strongest of all dinosaurs and likes to eat its prey and crunch their bones to bloody bits.”

(I’ve spared you from the accompanying illustration.  Your welcome.)

What the app transcribed:

“Tyrannasaurus Rex is the strongest of all dinosaurs and likes to pray and crunch the bones to bloody b****es.”  (hint:  it’s that word that rhymes with witch).

I’m thinking we need to find him a copy editing app.

Which will be much easier than finding new friends and a new church.

DeeDeeSig

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