1. Creating accessible content in Microsoft Word
Issue #19 / February 2, 2018
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We're all familiar with Microsoft Word, but did you know it has some powerful options to help students flow through content?
The use of headers can help you organize your Word into sections and help your students navigate through effectively.
The addition of the Office Researcher ensures that the content you or your students are putting into the sections are from cited reliable sources.
PowerPoint presentations tend to be highly visual. While for the vast majority of our learners this can make for a very attractive presentation. However, for learners who are visually impaired or are struggling readers this creates another learning obstacle for them to overcome unless you create your slides with accessibility in mind.
Click here for more information on ensuring your presentations are visually sound for all learners.
Issue #18 Theme:Is your classroom a level playing field for all students? This may seem like an easy question to answer, but here are 5 Office 365 resources to help to make sure your answer is an emphatic YES!!!!
Ensuring PowerPoint resources are visually accessible with design principles
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Learning Tools are design to help student grow the following skills:
Fluency: Reading accurately and quickly
Comprehension: Understanding what you read
Decoding: Understanding individual words by breaking them into meaningful pieces
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Did you know that with the Office Lens app you can take a picture of documents with your phone and upload the image directly to OneNote, OneDrive, or Outlook. You can also use the app to take advantage of Immersive Reader which now built directly into Office Lens. The Immersive Reader helps users to easily scan and read content, helping them move from the physical to digital world. Some functions include: the ability to change font size, speaking rate, text spacing, move back five words, or forward one page.
Learn more about Office Lens and Immersive Reader here
Before sharing content, you can run the accessibility checker to find and fix any issues that might make your content difficult for students with disabilities to use. It not only finds accessibility errors and tells you how and why to fix them, but also links to detailed support articles on creating accessible documents, accessible spreadsheets,accessible presentations and accessible emails.
For more information on accessibility click in Office 365 click here
Click here for more information on the Microsoft Accessibility Checker
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