Flocabulary's Beta Integration with Microsoft's Immersive Reader

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Flocabulary users now have access our beta integration with Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. Microsoft’s Immersive Reader offers students powerful tools to support their reading needs. With this integration, your students can:

  • Have text read aloud to them and adjust the speed of the voice
  • Adjust text size, font, and color
  • Label the parts of speech
  • Translate words in a text or an entire block of text
  • View image references for words
  • And more!

Microsoft’s Immersive Reader is currently available on the Read & Respond and Quiz activities. It is not yet available on Vocab Cards or Vocab Game.

How does Microsoft’s Immersive Reader work? 

When Immersive Reader is enabled you will see a speech icon next to each Read & Respond and Quiz question. Click the icon, and you will see the question text in Immersive Reader mode. Click play, and the text will be read aloud. 

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 Using the panel on the right, you can adjust elements like the text size, font, background color and line spacing. You can also translate the text into languages other than English, label the parts of speech, and view image references for words! 

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 To answer the Read & Respond or Quiz question after having it read aloud, exit Immersive Reader mode.

How can I enable Microsoft’s Immersive Reader on my account?

You can enable this feature for your own account by going to My Profile, scrolling down to the bottom, and selecting “enabled” for Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. Then click “Update Profile.” When you view a Read & Respond or Quiz question, you will see the Immersive Reader icon. 

 

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How can I enable Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for a class?

You can enable Microsoft’s Immersive Reader when creating a class on Flocabulary by toggling Immersive reader to “on.”

 

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To enable Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for any existing class, go to My Classes, click into the class, and click the Manage Class tab. Click “Edit” under Class Details, and toggle Immersive Reader “on.” When Immersive Reader is enabled for a class, the students in that class will see the Immersive Reader icon next to Read & Respond and Quiz questions when they are assigned these activities. 

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What if I enable Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for my class, and my student is in another class where it’s not enabled?

When a student is in one class where Immersive Reader is enabled and another class where it is not enabled, Immersive Reader will remain enabled for that student. They’ll be able to use it for all classes’ assignments of Read & Respond and the Quiz. 

You can see whether Immersive Reader is enabled or disabled for a given student in the Students tab within a class.

 

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What else should I know about Microsoft’s Immersive Reader? 

Please note that any images in Read & Respond and Quiz questions will not be shown in Immersive Reader mode at this time. Additionally, special math characters like fractions, square roots and exponents may look and be read inaccurately. 

We’d love to hear about your experience with Microsoft’s Immersive Reader! Please feel free to reach out to info@flocabulary.com to share your feedback.

 

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