If a child is a struggling reader, he/she reads slowly and spends a great deal of time decoding words this in turn, leads to poor comprehension.Jeanne Caudill, Year 1 Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Increases fluency for English language learners or readers of other languages
Helps build confidence in emerging readers who are learning to read at higher levels
Offers text decoding solutions to students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia
The ability to see a picture and see and hear the word simultaneously (multi-sensory processing) is a technique to aid reading and comprehension. With the Picture Dictionary, a student can click on a word and immediately see a related picture, and have the ability to “Read Aloud” as many times as necessary.
The ability to allow customisation of the colours used for nouns, verbs or adjectives. This allows students to use colours in a way that’s represented in books or methods they’re already used to, and gives colorblind students the ability to adjust to patterns that suit them best.
Students tend to experience focus issues or have dyscalculia, a specific learning disability in maths. Some dyslexic students struggle with maths not because they aren’t good at it, but often because they have difficulty reading maths problems. With Immersive Reader they have features including read aloud, line focus and page theme colors.
The ability to access text in any language is an important area to incorporate. An example might be an English-language learner who is also dyslexic, trying to access content in another language. Using Microsoft Translator, adds the ability for anyone to translate a page, word, or sentence into another language, in real-time and inside of the Immersive Reader. The capability supports Read Aloud, Syllables, Parts of Speech and Picture Dictionary.
Optimises classroom time
It is easy. Simply open OneNote and select a new tab. Name the tab. Then type each word (one per line). Select “Immersive Reader.” Use the play button to listen to the words. Repeat as necessary.
It is fast. Type 6 to 8 words in less than a minute.
It is time saving. Instead of sitting one-by-one with each student and using flash cards, You can send them to the Surface Pro 4 with headphones, and they control how many times they practice reading and listening to the words.
It is repetitive. Sight words need repetition for students to learn to automaticity.
It is research-based. Why is this important? Over 50 percent of the words used in print today are the 125 sight words from the primary school curriculum. Think about that for a minute. If a child masters sight word reading, he or she will have a firm foundation for a lifetime of reading.
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