Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Immersive Reader - A Fantastic Addition to OneNote

For the last six weeks I have been making a concerted effort to increase my working knowledge of OneNote in order to be able to make better comparisons between it and its competitors. One of the aspects of OneNote that I appreciate is its flexibility. An example of that flexibility is found in a free optional addition to OneNote called Immersive Reader.

Immersive Reader is a free tool that will read aloud the articles that students have in their OneNote notebooks. Immersive Reader does more than just read articles aloud. It will identify to students the nouns, verbs, and adjectives within an article. Students can also choose to have every syllable of word identified for them.

Immersive Reader can be customized by users. Users of Immersive Reader can choose from a variety of languages, choose to the formatting of articles displayed on their screens, and speed up or slow down the pace at which an article is read aloud.

You do need to download and install OneNote and Immersive Reader. Microsoft does have interactive online demonstration of Immersive Reader that you can try here.

One tip about having Immersive Reader read web articles that you have saved in OneNote, remove the URL from the note or else Immersive Reader will read aloud every part of the URL.

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