12 Microsoft Learning Tools updates across reading, writing, math and communication for the new year

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Yesterday we announced 12 new updates for Microsoft Learning Tools across reading, writing, math and communication.  We've put a summary of these updates below, but head over to the Microsoft Education blog titled: Live from BETT: What’s new in EDU. Fostering an accessible, inclusive classroom that works for all students

 

Reading

  • We are announcing 6 new Immersive Reader partners: FlocabularyHaldor, Helperbird, itsLearning,  Kidblog, Pear Deck
  • The new Edge browser is now generally available - The new Microsoft Edge web browser supports inclusive classrooms with built-in tools like allowing students to change text size, reading text aloud and even inking on PDFs right in the browser.
  • Office Lens iOS (iPhone and iPad) gets the full Immersive Reader, including syllables, parts of speech highlighting, line focus, picture dictionary and translation.  This spring, Office Lens Android (phone and tablet) gets the full Immersive Reader, including syllables, parts of speech highlighting, line focus, picture dictionary and translation
  • Immersive Reader is now available for Flipgrid Student feedback 
  • Arabic gets parts of speech highlighting (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)
  • Gaelic and Maori language support in Immersive Reader- we’ve added the ability to translate to and from these new languages language in Immersive Reader (text only) as well as Microsoft Translator and PowerPoint Live and PowerPoint Captions and subtitles

 

Writing

  • Dictation is rolling out for Office Desktop and Office web apps in the following new languages: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish

Math

  • Equation Tools available in OneNote for Windows 10 -Create a variety of equations using Equation Tools’ library of mathematical symbols and structures.
  • Math Assistant coming to OneNote for iPad - one of your favorite features from the Windows 10 app will be coming to iPad this spring
  • Windows graphing calculator - significant math improvements to the built=in and free Windows calculator

 

Communication

  • PowerPoint Live - With the new live presentation feature in PowerPoint, schools can present slides on the Web and using a QR code, viewers can follow along with live translation in more than 60 languages on their personal device
  • OneNote Live Captions - we will be rolling out the ability to connect OneNote up to Microsoft Translator sessions to pull in live captions and translations from Microsoft Translator into OneNote.

To check out the interactive training for Microsoft Learning Tools in all the 4 categories of reading, writing, math and communication, check out the blog from 2019 with interactive guides: 

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Mike Tholfsen
Microsoft Education Product Manager

 

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