I was wondering whether anybody currently participating in TREG has tested the TextBlade in a school setting - or at least lent a TextBlade to a school-age child.
In my own work in education, an area of interest has been the use of flexible input mechanisms to enhance the use of mobile devices. Alternatives to traditional keyboards, e.g. speech recognition, handwriting recognition, and on-screen keyboards, are valuable and important in different contexts. For instance, speech recognition is priceless when a student is working in a lab or maker space and needs to have their hands and attention focused on the task at hand. That said, there are scenarios where an external keyboard is the tool best suited to the task - but the keyboards typically purchased by schools for use with tablets or smartphones tend to be of mediocre quality, not particularly portable, and take up large amounts of space for use and storage.
Hence my interest in the TextBlade as a better alternative for these scenarios. From reading TREG posts in these forums, though, it seems that a nontrivial amount of practice is needed for effective use of the TextBlade as a keyboard - but I can’t gauge how this might play out for the average K12 or college student, given that in real-world practice most are hunt-and-peck typists. Does anyone in TREG have any experience in this regard?
Many thanks in advance for any relevant experiences or insights.