A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put these unique learning needs in perspective: dyslexia is estimated to impact one in five people; 72 percent of classrooms have special education students; and 73 percent of classrooms have readers that span four or more grade levels.* Understanding this classroom reality is what led our engineering teams at Microsoft to design Office 365, and its inclusive classroom technology like Learning Tools, with accessible learning experiences in mind.
With accessibility in mind, and based on direct feedback from educators and students, the Microsoft engineering teams continue to expand the capabilities and availability of the tools that help students of all abilities succeed. Many features previously exclusive to OneNote desktop are now coming to OneNote Online, Word Online and for desktop, Office Lens and beyond, to make sure more students have access to these tools.
The accessibility features in many of the tools in Office 365—free for students and teachers—that educators use regularly with their students create even more inclusive experiences, enabling all learners to have that “ah-ha” moment that motivates ongoing success.
To learn more, check out the Microsoft in Education blog.
* Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation survey of 20,000 public school teachers.