Try Microsoft’s Free Learning Tools

I’m guilty of having a bias in favor of all things G Suite for Education that sometimes leads me to ignore some of the excellent products that Microsoft has been developing. I’m aware of that bias and I’ve been making a concerted effort over the last six or seven weeks to give more Microsoft products and honest try. One of those products is the free Learning Tools add-in for OneNote and Word.

Learning Tools is an add-in that you can use in OneNote and in Word. The primary feature of Learning Tools is called Immersive Reader. Immersive Reader will read aloud the articles that students have saved in their OneNote notebooks. It can also be used in Microsoft Word. In both instances, Immersive Reader does more than just read articles aloud. Students can choose to have Immersive Reader identify the nouns, verbs, and adjectives within a documents. Students can also choose to have every syllable of a word identified for them. Students who need larger font, a higher contrast, and or larger font spacing can elect to have those modifications applied to documents.

In this video I provide a short overview of how Immersive Reader functions within OneNote. For those who aren’t aware, OneNote is completely free for anyone to use as a mobile app, desktop application, or in a web browser.

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