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How Learning Tools for OneNote is revolutionising reading in the classroom

Previously this year, an add in for OneNote was announced called ‘Learning Tools for OneNote’. It has now been moved out of preview and is  generally available. This has been designed specifically to help people with learning differences, focusing on improving their reading and writing. Learning notes has greatly helped within special education by enabling students to increase their reading speeds as seen by a Special Education teacher. Since its initial release, there has been a great response from both students and teachers but the great thing about this add-in is that it could benefit nearly anyone. Forbes magazine even described it is “One Of The Most Disruptive Education Technologies Yet” (Forbes OneNote review).

Features of Learning Tools includes the Immersive Reader where text can be highlighted and read out with voice over text which helps to sustain attention. You can alter the speed of speech and the size of the text.

Learning Tools Immersive Reader

Learning Tools appears as a new tab on your menu bar.

Immersive Reader live

 

 Here you can see a real live example of Immersive Reader. Each word is highlighted when spoken. To the right is a panel with options to later colour/size and more.

Other features include enhanced dictation which improves authoring text, front spacing and short lines, syllabification and comprehension mode. Which the general release of Learning Tools come some additional features; colour themes, switching languages, multiple language support, speech controls and easy download. Students can become independent learners with this excellent add on for OneNote.

Download Learning Tools for OneNote and find out for yourself why it is getting so many accolades! If you don’t currently have OneNote you can download Office 2016 and get the latest version there. You then just need to download this Learning Tools add on.

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A complete list of iPad apps for education

In relation to our previous article – The Best iPad apps for Education, we have taken a deeper look into a whole range of educational apps for the iPad. Below is a list of our favourites!

Art/Design

  • 2DIY – Create your own interactive resources, activities, games etc. Plenty of opportunity for children to plan, design and create.- FREE
  • Doodle Buddy – Create your own pictures, or doddle over photographs, explore a variety of colour and styles. Then send to your friends when you’re done. – FREE
  • Drawing Pad – Primarily an art app – with a wide range of art tools and additional features to download. – £1.49
  • Dynamic Art – Graphical programming environment when you can create animations, music, artwork and interactions. – £2.29
  • I can animate – Create exciting animation movies with stop-frame images. Once created you can share your movies to YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox. – £2.29
  • Pinterest – Pinterest is an app that allows you to discover new ideas and images and save these into titled boards. You can also add your own images too. – FREE
  • Photoshop Express – An easy and fast way to edit photos. You can create and save your images to then share them wherever you would like. – FREE
  • PuppetPals2 – This app lets you create amazing animated cartoons. You can create short instructional videos with storytelling and more. – FREE
  • Safari Tales, literacy skills through creative play – With a multitude of games with stickers to be collected. Many animals go on an adventure and your child can take it with them whilst learning in the process. – £2.99
  • Vittle Free – Combine your voice, photos and your handwriting into your own videos. These they can be instantly shared with everyone. – FREE
  • Vittle – Create your own videos, annotate the images, import PDF’s and use sophisticated storytelling techniques with Camera Lock tool. – £7.99

English/Literacy

  • abc PocketPhonics: Letter sounds & writing – used in over 300 UK primary school, it teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. – £4.99
  • Book Creator for iPad – Make your own ebooks and share it to the iBooks Store! – £3.99
  • Comic Life – Create your own comics and customise it to your needs. Create enticing storylines with a visual journey. – £3.99
  • iThoughts – Mind mapping tool for the iPad. You can use this for brainstorming, collecting notes and more. – £8.99
  • My Story Book Creator – Create books that will record your voice and promote literacy and creative-thinking. You can then share your creation to iBooks. – £2.99
  • Note Taker HD – You can make as many notes as you would like and this app will shrink your writing for you so you can fit more on the page. – £3.99
  • Toontastic – Storytelling app that shares their own cartoons after they draw and animate them themselves. Easy to use and very engaging. – FREE

Classroom/Management

  • 2Build a profile – Log the children’s achievements against the curriculum targets. You can take photos for evidence and tag the children’s names. – FREE
  • ClassDojo – A classroom management platform for teachers and parents to access and view the progression of the child. – FREE
  • TinyTap – Make games, lessons, illustrates stories, music activities and more. Personalised education that is good for assessments and projects. – FREE

Maths/Numeracy

  • IXL Maths Practice – Maths content for years from reception to year 13. With over 2,900 skills to learn and plenty of colourful prizes to be won. – FREE
  • Microsoft ExcelCreate and edit spreadsheets with formulas, Sparkline’s, tables, charts, PivotTables and more. Pick up from where you left off because Excel for iPad knows what you were working on last. – FREE
  • Numbers – A spreadsheet app that allows you to add charts, images and text anywhere you would like. This app comes with iCloud built in. – £7.99
  • Sushi Monster – Engaging games through mathematical games which test your strategic knowledge. Earn points for each correct answer. – FREE

Music

  • GarageBand – Turn your iPad into a collection of touch instruments. GarageBand also has the ability to record, so you can create music on the go. – £3.99

Office/Word Processors

  • Keynote – Presentation app that is complete with animated charts and transitions. With 30 inbuilt Apple themes to use, you can create beautiful presentation straight away! – £7.99
  • Microsoft Word – Word documents that work perfectly across iPad’s and iPhones. Insert in images, charts, tables, footnotes and more. Then track your changes and work simultaneously with others on the same document. – FREE
  • Microsoft PowerPoint – PowerPoint presentations look exactly the same as they would on a PC. Use a built in laser pointer to help present. – FREE
  • OneNote – Your own digital notebook. You can now record notes whilst on the go. – FREE
  • Pages – A word processor designed exclusively for the iPad. Create any documents you like onto any of the built in templates. – £7.99
  • Paper – Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree – Capture your notes, sketches and photos. Paper is basically a wall of sticky notes. – FREE

Programming

  • Bee-Bot – Develop your programming skills through directional language and sequences. Earn stars through successful levels. – FREE
  • Blue-Bot – Step by step programming with the drag and drop ability. Kids can record themselves saying commands, and this is stored. – FREE
  • Daisy the Dinosaur – Basic computer programming using drag and drop, suitable for kids of all ages. – FREE
  • Hopscotch – Make your own games! Then publish them! With easy how-to videos, you can create any game you want. – FREE
  • LEGO Movie – Bring your LEGO characters to life with this movie maker app. With many tools that are easy to use, you can create a movie and then share it online. – FREE
  • Move the Turtle – Learn the beginning stages of programming. This app is designed for ages 5+, and children are rewarded with for succeeding in levels. – £2.99
  • Pyonkee – Create your own games, stories and animations. You can also import videos and voice recording into these. A real programming environment. – FREE
  • ScratchJr – Make characters move, sing and dance through programming designed for 5-7 year olds. Make interactive stories and games. – FREE