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Immersive reader on OneNote Notebook showing syllablesThis year our college has over 60% of its learners with a declared disability which includes dyslexia/dyspraxia. Our team is currently experimenting with the use of Microsoft OneNote and the Class OneNote Notebook to benefit our learners with dyslexia/dsypraxia.

We learnt about the benefits of OneNote at the Microsoft Showcase in London over two years ago. Since then we’ve been watching the new features which have developed at the session Learning Tools for OneNote Transforming the Learning Experience One Student at a Time in the Learn Live Microsoft arena at BETT at Excel in London in January. Here we saw the immersive reader demonstrated on Office 365’s Word on the Cloud. It’s now available on OneNote.

What is the immersive reader? It basically strips down what you are reading to a single column which minimises other distractions. You can get it to read out loud plus you can display the nouns, verbs, adjectives in a piece of text in a different colour font. And it will show the syllables in words to help you pronounce them. Read more about it on the Microsoft blog.

We want to start using OneNote with learners because:

  • OneNote is like a coloured tabbed exercise book – we think learners will find navigation of it easy and more memorable
  • OneNote has a resource bank area for content, student’s have their own notebook and there’s an area for students to collaborate so we can get them recording group work together
  • There’s a search facility so you can easily find where something is in the Notebook
  • You can add checklists and record feedback for learners to do follow-up tasks
  • It’s easy to transfer websites and screenshots onto OneNote.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Microsoft Showcase Classroom events visit the Microsoft Showcase Classroom Regional Roadshow¬†on the Microsoft Schools blog.

Using a Screen Reader on DawsoneraIt’s 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 which gave those with disabilities citizenship rights. The act improved access at work and in society at large. Employers and public buildings like libraries made adjustments to their buildings, resources and equipment and services. These rights are now enshrined in the Equality Act 2010. There’s an exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Manchester¬†marking how these rights have been won up to 19 November.

Over the past two months we have been showing students how to use Read&Write 10 to read ebooks available on Dawsonera. We always recommend you use a free screen reader like Natural Reader when you are away from college. Using either of these helps you set the font colour, choose a background colour and get the reader to read the ebook out loud to you once you’ve downloaded the ebook. Otherwise you can use the toolbar to get it to read out loud as you view it online. There’s now a downloadable app for NaturalReader on the App Store and Google Play.

Our ebrary ebooks also give you the opportunity to use coloured highlighter pens on the ebooks when you read them online. You can download these in the same way.


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