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Microsoft Translator for Education

Microsoft Translator for Education

Breaking language and communication barriers

Schools are increasingly diverse. Teachers manage many types of learners, including students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) who require assistive technology, and language learners who may not speak or understand the language of the classroom well.

A diverse student body includes family members too, who may not share a language with teachers or school staff, making school enrollment, teacher-parent conferences, and conversations with school staff a challenge.

Microsoft Translator helps bridge these communication gaps, supporting accessible classroom learning with live captioning, cross-language understanding, and even multilingual casual conversations to help with student integration.

Live transcription and translation

Presentation Translator for PowerPoint

Presentation Translator is a PowerPoint add-in for Windows that provides live transcripts of a teacher’s lectures in many languages including English. These subtitles enable deaf, hard of hearing students, and language learners to follow and participate in group discussions using a personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Presentation Translator can also learn and adapt to the speaker’s vocabulary – such as the technical terminology associated with a specific subject area (such as chemistry or history) – which improves the quality of the speech recognition. This can be done automatically using the content of the slides and slide notes. This feature is available for all of our supported speech conversation languages. To see if your language is supported, visit the languages page.

Classroom conversations: students who are DHH and language learners

By using the Microsoft Translator live feature, students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) can follow live, classroom conversations by reading discussion transcripts. Students can also ask questions from their own device by pressing the microphone button or typing into the conversation window.

Language learning students can ask questions in their language by speaking or typing, and can follow classroom discussions by receiving transcripts in their own language.

Students see all comments in their native language and can also see them simultaneously in the language of the classroom. Bilingual transcripts aid student language learning and comprehension.

Translator for education: communicate with students

Microsoft Translator for Education: Communicate with Students

Learn how Microsoft Translator can be used to help teachers better communicate with students who are non-native speakers, deaf or hard of hearing, dyslexic, or having trouble taking notes.

Microsoft Translator for Education: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Microsoft Translator for Education: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Learn how Microsoft Translator can be used to engage parents with their children's teachers and school community by providing real-time language translation for parent-teacher conferences.

Case studies

Chinook Middle School uses Translator to communicate with parent and student community

Chinook Middle School

With students from all over the world, the Bellevue School District is an incredibly diverse district. More than 80 languages are spoken, with over 30% of students speaking a first language other than English. A diverse student body includes family members too, who may not share a language with teachers or school staff, making school enrollment, teacher-parent conferences, meetings, and conversations with school staff a challenge. Watch how Chinook Middle School is using Microsoft Translator to allow faculty and staff to better engage with their student, parent, and family communities, marking them a part of the conversation.

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Technology-focused university levels the playing field with AI for students who are deaf

RIT levels the playing field with AI for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

The distinguished Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, is renowned for graduating successful professionals who are deaf and hard of hearing. They account for 8.8 percent of the school’s nearly 19,000 students. To best serve them, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf was established at RIT in 1967. Learn how dedicated researchers—many of them deaf themselves—are working with Microsoft, using artificial intelligence and Microsoft Cognitive Services to develop a custom automatic speech recognition solution, making the world more accessible and inclusive for all students.

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How to get started

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Download the app

Learn about all the features, which languages are supported, and download the app on your phone or Windows desktop.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE APP
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Download Presentation Translator for PowerPoint

Learn about Presentation Translator's features and download it directly on your PC (Windows only).

VISIT THE PRESENTATION TRANSLATOR PAGE
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Education resources

Download parent-teacher conference letters and Translator how-to guides.

VISIT THE EDUCATION RESOURCES PAGE

Recommended headsets

BrandGood for noisy environmentsGood for long distance transmission
Jabra 930YesYes, up to 300 feet/90 meters
Jabra StealthYes, but more susceptible to noise than the Jabra 930Yes, up to 30 feet/9 meters
Mpow Jaws V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless NeckbandNoNo. Distance limited to 10 feet/3 meters. Above this distance, signal can drop
Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth HeadsetBetter than Mpow Jaws; not as good as JabrasNo. Distance limited to 10 feet/3 meters. Above this distance, signal can drop

Videos

Microsoft Translator in the ClassroomWatch how Translator can be used to caption presentations using Presentation Translator and the Translator app

Microsoft Translator in the Classroom

In July 2017, a group of Chinese students visiting from the University of Washington stopped by the Microsoft AI and Research offices to learn about Microsoft Translator’s speech translation technology.

Watch Microsoft Translator live feature in actionIn this demo video, English, French, and German are spoken and translated into Italian speech and text.

Microsoft Translator live feature in action

The Microsoft Translator live feature transforms your favorite device into your own personal universal translator where you can have real conversations with people across different languages. In this demo video, English, French, and German are spoken and translated into Italian speech and text.

Presentation Translator in ActionThis video contains snippets of talks with live captioning, demonstrating the use of Presentation Translator, a Microsoft Garage project. In addition to live captions, audience members were able to follow along and ask questions on their own device.

Presentation Translator in action

For this demo, English is the chosen speech and captioned language - highlighting the use of live captioning for the deaf or hard of hearing community. Users could also join and participate in other languages (not shown in this video).

Get Started with Presentation Translator for PowerPointPresentation Translator is an Office add-in for PowerPoint that enables presenters to display live, translated subtitles. As you speak, it allows you to display subtitles directly on your presentation in any one of more than 60 supported languages.

Get started with Presentation Translator

Presentation Translator subtitles your live presentation straight from PowerPoint, and lets your audience join from their own devices using the Translator app or browser.

Translator Apps

Presentation Translator for PowerPoint

Presentation Translator for PowerPoint

Subtitle your live presentation straight from PowerPoint, and let your audience join from their own device using the Translator app or browser.

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Translator mobile app

Translator app

Students can follow along with Presentation Translator in their own language and language learners can have one-on-one translated conversations with teachers using the app.

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More resources

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Translator for Education resources

Download translated parent-teacher conference letters and how-to guides.

EDUCATION RESOURCES PAGE
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Translator Help and FAQs

Search FAQs to troubleshoot questions about the Translator live feature and Presentation Translator.

TRANSLATOR HELP PAGE
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Translator languages

Want to know what features are supported for your chosen language? Visit our languages page.

TRANSLATOR LANGUAGES PAGE
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Translator blog

Check out the latest news and stories from Microsoft Translator.

TRANSLATOR BLOG