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  •  Translator Screen shot

    Real Time Translation for teachers & ESOL students during presentation.

    Translated conversations across devices, for one-on-one chats and for larger group interactions.
    TRANSLATOR APP FEATURES - Have real-time, translated conversations with captions, translate menus and street signs without an internet connection, and translate web pages and app content with one tap.
    TRANSLATOR IN THE CLASSROOM - Microsoft Translator helps bridge communication gaps by supporting accessible classroom learning with live captioning, cross-language understanding, and even multilingual casual conversations to help with student integration.

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  •  Immersive Reader Alt text

    Learning Tools / Immersive Reader for ESE, ESOL or struggling readers

    In Office, the Microsoft Learning Tools is a set of features available in Word designed to help you improve reading skills no matter your age or ability.

    The idea with these tools is to remove distractions and offer proven techniques to improve reading fluency and comprehension. For example, using Learning Tools, you can add spacing to reduce visual crowding. You can change the color of the background to make it easier to see the letters. It's also possible to break down words into syllables and highlight part of the speech, and you can use the narration feature to hear the text aloud and see the words highlighted to follow along.

    In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get started with the Learning Tools available with Microsoft Word to improve your reading skills when using an Office 365 subscription or Office 2019.

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  • Program needs one browser, but the default is another??

    Program needs one browser, but the default is another??

    So you have Microsoft Windows set to use Chrome as your default browser, but you want to use a desktop shortcut to open a specific site in IE. Or maybe another website icon that will only work in Firefox. Creating a shortcut to a web document won’t work. However, you can open a URL using a shortcut to a non-default browser.

    Now you have a shortcut that will open the website in a specific web browser, no matter what the default browser is set to in Windows.

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  • Document / Web page Translation options

    Document / Web page Translation options

    Office 365/Office suite –
    This is good for the occasional document needing converting, but not for daily lessons for teacher/student communication barriers with ESOL/ELL students. This is a LOT of overhead for a teacher trying to handle communication barriers with students needing the additional assistance of content provided in their primary language

    The translate feature is built into Word. It is not directly visible within O365 in the browser, but used within Office365 by opening any document from O365 and selecting “Edit in Word”. Has a 3-4 easy steps, but perfectly reasonable.

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  • PDF software options - PDFCandy/PDFCreator/Adobe Acrobat

    PDF software options - PDFCandy/PDFCreator/Adobe Acrobat

    So you're looking at PDF products. The question you need to answer, is what are they trying to do? And do you want or need to spend $$$?
    So let's get right to your next question.... The short answer is NO, the district doesn’t have any licenses for Adobe Acrobat for Teachers/Admins to use. Schools have to purchase individual seat licenses for that if they have to have Adobe Acrobat

    However, depending on your answer to the question above depends on which option works best.
    - Click the title to read full details

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Last Modified on October 16, 2019