Microsoft launches learning tools in Arabic

Microsoft aims to meet needs of students with learning differences

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Microsoft launches learning tools in Arabic The tools are designed for students with unique learning needs, such as dyslexia.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 26, 2017

Microsoft Gulf aims to empower Arabic educators by providing learning tools available in Arabic language.

The tools are designed for students with unique learning needs, such as dyslexia, and will now be available in Word Online and OneNote Online, bringing reading features through text to speech on any device.

The features of the learning tool includes, ‘read aloud' aims to improve decoding, fluency and comprehension. ‘Spacing' optimises font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users who suffer from visual crowding issues. ‘Syllables' breaks down the syllables and ‘Parts of Speech' supports writing instruction and grammar understanding by identifying verbs, nouns and adjectives.

Ahmed Ameen Ashour, education director, Microsoft Gulf, said: "At Microsoft, we understand the effort of teaching a classroom of students with different abilities, and it is challenging to find and maintain the assistive technologies that teachers need for students to succeed. The Learning Tools in Arabic will help students with learning differences from the region to improve their reading and writing skills."

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