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Immersive Reader can assist students

posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:34 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 6:35 AM ]
Microsoft Immersive Reader is a powerful reading tool that can help students learning to read, including English Language Learners, and assist those with learning issues such as dyslexia. It can also translate text into a wide variety of languages and extend its features to that translation.
Immersive Reader lets students change the font, line spacing, colors, highlight one line at a time, see syllables and parts of speech, use a picture dictionary, and have text read aloud at various speeds. The tool can translate text into a wide variety of languages while still providing the above features in the translation.

Using Immersive Reader in the Chrome Web Browser

Since this tool is so powerful for students with special needs and for ELL students, we allow students to install the Immersive Reader Chrome extension on their Chromebooks so they can then highlight text on a webpage, RIGHT-click (two-finger click on a Chromebook trackpad), and select Help me read this from the pop-up menu to invoke the tool.
Immersive Reader in Chrome

Using Immersive Reader in the online versions of Word or OneNote

Immersive Reader is also included with Word and OneNote in Office 365but we’ve found some staff and student accounts cannot access Office 365 with their district email address and password. So Tech Services is working to get Office 365 working again for all student and staff accounts so that students could optionally use Immersive Reader in Word, OneNote, etc.

There is a video demonstrating some uses for this toolRemember that students don't have to use Word or OneNote to use the tool if they download and install the Chrome extension.

Using Immersive Reader in Canvas

Canvas has added an Immersive Reader button to Pages in Canvas, the Learning Management System for grades 6-12. But to use the tool in Assignments, students would need to install and use the Immersive Reader Chrome extension. 

Immersive Reader Not Available in Lockdown Browser
The extension is not available in the Respondus LockDown Browser, so there is no concern about students using the tool in unauthorized ways on quizzes secured by the LockDown Browser. However, that means Immersive Reader cannot be an authorized accommodation for such quizzes; they have to be made insecure for the tool to work, meaning they would require continual active supervision to prevent unauthorized use of the internet, etc.

Immersive Reader in other applications