Speech Recognition Add-On for Google Documents

The Speech Recognition Add-on uses your voice to write on a Google document. I see myself professionally using this to quickly jot down notes, compose documents filled with ideas, and much more. For some students this can be a game changer. Think about those students who are hesitant to write a story because of poor handwriting or typing skills. Of course, handwriting and typing still needs to be addressed and learned, but should we stifle a child's voice because they haven't mastered that skill yet. 

Steps to add the Speech Recognition add-on to your Google documents:
  1. Open a document
  2. Click 'Add-ons'
  3. Select 'Get add-ons'
  4. Search for Speech Recognition
  5. Click 'Free'
  6. Follow steps to give permissions

To activate the add-on:
  1. Click 'Add-ons'
  2. Hover over Speech Recognition
  3. Click Start

Your initial time you need to choose your language and country. When ready click start and begin to speak. Say the word period when you want to finish a sentence. Pause to have the sentence transferred to the document. Click stop to pause or when done speaking.

I used the add-on to create the following example. 

This add-on has so many possibilities. 


  1. Thanks! I have been looking for something like this to help student writers get around the barrier of handwriting.

  2. Hi, thank you for your great post.
    I have tried this just now, but unfortunately, the blue "start" button does not respond on my Toshiba Chromebook 2.
    Just for your information.

  3. Midogonpapa - I am sorry to hear that it will not work on your Chromebook. I just tested it out on a Lenovo Chromebook and it worked fine. Did you activate your microphone? I did experience that without allowing permission to the microphone the Start button was grayed out. The Allow/Deny comes up on the top of the Chrome browser when you start the add-on. I do hope you are able to get the add-on to work for you.