ADCET Webinar: Microsoft's Reading Support with Immersive Reader
In this webinar, Troy explains how to personalise Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for your own experience and to motivate your students to achieve their fullest potential.
The Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. It aids with independent reading and comprehension. Because it lives in so many different apps and platforms, it is helping readers with many different aspects of access. There are features within this tool that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and provide options for visual layout, such as spacing between lines and letters, or color themes. Immersive Reader can help improve reading comprehension by:
- Increasing fluency for EAL learners or readers of other languages
- Offering text decoding solutions for students with learning differences such as dyslexia
- Provided translation of words, or the entire text into over 60 languages (over 40 of them can be read aloud)
Troy Waller is a Learning Delivery Specialist & Accessibility Lead for Microsoft Education Australia. He works directly educators to better reach learning outcomes and transform classroom time through technology. He helps institutions plan and implement long to medium-term professional development strategies around the use of educational technologies. Troy is passionate about how technology can be used to make classrooms more equitable and inclusive and worked with numerous schools around the country to achieve this. He taught in Asia for over a decade, working for both government and International Schools before returning to Australia in 2012