In any given class of students, there may well be some learners with individual difficulties. They may be physical impairments related to vision, problems with hearing, or other mental struggles that make it harder for them to understand and engage with different communication mediums or particular aspects of day to day classroom activities. Not only can this be troubling for the individuals affected, but for the teacher whose responsibility it is to make sure all of their students have equal opportunities to develop their learning, keeping the class pace as a whole can become more challenging.
In January of this year the OneNote team announced the preview of Learning Tools for OneNote, which has been incredibly well received by teachers and students alike, as well as being recognised by the Dyslexic Advantage Community as a “Top Dyslexia App of 2016.”
Last week the team announced general availability of Learning Tools (English only), as well as unveiling a new set of capabilities, including:
- Localised user interface — Localisation of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.
- Dictation — Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
- Color themes — Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.
- Switching reader languages — Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.
- Multiple language support — Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.
- Speech controls — Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.
- Easy download — Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.
For further details of general availability, the latest features and how to get started with Learning Tools, please refer to the original post on the Office Blog: