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Microsoft 365 software: Learning Tools

"Immersive reader provides greater equity through access to learning materials"

RTI International, Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning Tools

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

Improve reading skills with Microsoft Learning Tools

Microsoft Learning Tools are designed to help all learners and make your studies easier. They can be particularly useful for students with Specific learning differences (SpLDs) or other access requirements. This page will introduce you to the core learning tools available.

Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is an amazing tool that lets you remove clutter and adjust the font, colours and spacing to aid reading comprehension. This can help all readers but can be particularly useful for anyone with dyslexia or visual stress. The video below gives a good overview of how to get started! You'll find the Immersive Reader button in most Microsoft Office programs and on Canvas pages too!

Office Lens

Office Lens is a great way to capture notes and information from projectors, whiteboards, documents, books, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text. Office Lens can remove shadows and odd angles so that images are easier to read. You can upload document and whiteboard images to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and you can save them as PDFs or send them in email.

Magnifier and read aloud

A quick tip video on how to use Windows 10 Magnifier read aloud & text cursor indicator. These are new to Windows 10. Magnifier now has Read Aloud from anywhere, and there is an easy way to change your text cursor indicator colour and size.


This step-by-step tutorial shows how to use the built-in Dictation in Word, OneNote, PowerPoint as well as Windows 10. Dictation (speech to text) especially helps for those studying or working from home that need this inclusive capability.