Microsoft have made their amazing Learning Tools application available in Word, OneNote, Outlook and the Edge browser. Even more amazing is the fact that this software is free! Previously, I have posted about the opportunities Learning Tools provides to students with learning differences, to read my previous post, click here. In a nutshell ‘Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners regardless of their age or ability.’

For this post I have created a video to demonstrate how Learning Tools, now complemented by a picture dictionary, could add an extra dimension to the modern foreign languages classroom. The video below gives you a snapshot of Learning Tools in action with the OneNote desktop app, both completely free, but you can also use Learning Tools with OneNote 2016, Word 2016 and with the online versions of both applications.

The second video below takes you through adding the necessary language pack to enable Learning Tools read aloud in your preferred language. It is advisable to let your device restart after you add a new language pack.

If you have any further questions or wish to share how you use Learning Tools feel free to share on Twitter @aedamar_frawley or @TeachNetIreland. For further information click here.

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