Today, the OneNote team announced that Learning Tools for OneNote moves out of preview and is now generally available. Currently, Learning Tools is available in English only, with more languages to be supported soon. Previously, Learning Tools was released as a preview for OneNote in January 2016. Learning Tools was conceived in a Microsoft Hackathon. Almost by accident, Learning Tools was born and with it, the mission to help everyone who uses OneNote began.
Since Learning Tools for OneNote released, many teachers have reported positive strides their students have made by using Learning Tools. Lauren Pittman of Holy Spring Elementary School in Georgia describes how using Learning Tools has helped her students improve their reading and writing skills in this video.
Learning Tools has new improvements and capabilities that are available now or coming soon:
- Localized user interface—Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.
- Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).
- Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.
- Switching reader languages—Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.
- Multiple language support—Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.
- Speech controls—Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.
- Easy download—Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.
Learning Tools for OneNote has helped many students across the country achieve substantial improvements in academics. Students’ reading speeds, reading comprehension, and writing skills have improved, providing a better education experience.
Download the Learning Tools for OneNote. More details and information is available in the Getting Started FAQ page. If you have any feedback about Learning Tools, you can send it to [email protected], or on Twitter: @OneNoteEDU.