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Supporting literacy and numeracy with Microsoft technologies

24 Aug 2020

Microsoft teams programs in an office environment

Microsoft Editor includes a similarity checker, which helps you create original work and cite the work of others. The similarity checker shows you how much content in your document is original, and it makes it easy to insert citations when necessary. With the mechanics of citations taken care of, you are freed up to focus on your writing. Your reader can tell what material originates with you, and the people you cite get credit where it's due. After a passage has been reviewed, Editor underlines it in green. Clicking or tapping in the passage opens the citation suggestion again, which is helpful if you want to re-read the online source or add a citation to a passage that you previously ignored.

Learn more about Similarity Checker

Improving reader fluency with Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. Immersive Reader can help improve reading comprehension by:

  • increasing fluency for English language learners or readers of other languages.
  • helping to build confidence for emerging readers learning to read at higher levels.
  • offering text decoding solutions for students with learning differences such as dyslexia.
  • providing a translation of words, or the entire text into over 60 languages (over 40 of them can be read aloud).

When students click the Immersive Reader button within any of the tools mentioned above, they can customise the experience to suit their needs including increasing or decreasing text size, changing the page colour contrast, highlighting parts of speech, reading the text aloud, accessing a picture dictionary and translating the text. 

Learn more about how to use Immersive Reader across a broad range of technologies.

Math Assistant in OneNote

Write or type any math problem and Math Assistant in OneNote can solve it for you—helping you reach the solution quickly, or displaying step-by-step instructions that help you learn how to reach the solution on your own. After solving your equation, there are many options to continue exploring math learning with Math Assistant, one of which includes the “Generate a practice quiz” option. This will embed a Form into OneNote where students can choose how many questions they would like to answer, that is similar in nature to the question they originally used. They can then write their solutions with a digital stylus next to the Form and keep everything in the one place with OneNote. If they choose to write their answers on paper, they can insert a photo of their solutions next to or below the form. 

Learn more about Math Assistant in OneNote.