Learning Tools for OneNote
Making it easier to read and write
The Learning Tools for OneNote help everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities.
"Students spend so much energy decoding that they can't focus on content. This tool will help making learning more efficient."
Joel Reese, teacher Sammamish High School
Learning Tools for OneNote - Top Dyslexia apps of 2016
Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, leading Dyslexia authors and researchers


If you need to deploy the Learning Tools add-in broadly across multiple PCs or you are an IT Administrator, please click here for more information.

Increasing comprehension for every student
Built-in reading and writing tools improve learning outcomes for all students.
All students can benefit from increased reading comprehension.
  • English language learners can increase their fluency.
  • Emerging readers can feel confident when reading material at a higher level.
  • Students with learning differences like dyslexia can decode text more easily.
Learning Tools for OneNote - Top Dyslexia apps of 2016
Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, leading Dyslexia authors and researchers

Feature Proven Benefit
Enhanced dictation Improves authoring text
Focus mode Sustains attention and improves reading speed
Immersive reading Improves comprehension and sustains attention
Font spacing and short lines Improve reading speed by addressing "visual crowding"
Parts of speech Supports instruction and improves writing quality
Syllabification Improves word recognition
Comprehension mode Improves comprehension by an average of 10%
Students become independent readers
Students are already using OneNote for their school work, and because the Learning Tools for OneNote are built-in, they are non-stigmatizing for the students who rely on them.
Teachers, para-educators, and parents are able to leverage this simple technology to provide the support for students who need additional help with reading.
Although created to meet the unique learning needs of students with dyslexia, [Learning Tools for OneNote] provides access for all learners, ensuring that the tenets of Universal Design for Learning are met. Software programs that provide a range of attributes create accessibility opportunities for a range of learners, increasing functionality and learning outcomes. English language learners, students with disabilities, and students with limited academic opportunities all benefit from OneNote toolbar. Providing access to learning to all students benefits our future.
Dr. Betsy Doone, professor of Special Education at the University of South Florida
Teachers get more instructional time
We understand the challenge of teaching a classroom of students with different abilities. It takes time to find and maintain the assistive technologies your students need to succeed.
By integrating into a tool already used in the classroom, the Learning Tools for OneNote make it easy for teachers to improve learning outcomes for all students, with less disruption or lost instructional time. In addition, Microsoft has recently released an educator guide detailing all of our accessible technologies.
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Learning Tools for OneNote is a free Add-in for OneNote that helps everyone improve reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of a broad range of unique learning abilities.


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