One Learning Tools can improve reading and writing comprehension for all audiences by viewing content in an immersive reading mode with tools to enhance text and activate a voice reader. As a free add-in for Microsoft OneNote, Learning Tools is ideal for a classroom setting where it can equally address the diverse needs of students such as ESL learners needing to improve fluency, new readers wanting more confidence, or readers with learning disabilities struggling to decode text.
This project emerged from the 2015 Microsoft Hackathon as the overall Grand prize winner and as the 1st place for the Student/Schools category! It quickly received praise from the press, including Forbes and The Verge. As the UX designer on the hackathon team I led the design execution and worked closely with engineers to ensure the initial beta product turned out as planned.
The Learning Tools experience strips away the majority of the OneNote interface to help bring focus on the tasks of reading and comprehension. Selecting parts of speech, adjusting font size and font spacing, changing color modes, and tuning voice reader speed are all important features for OneNote Learning Tools. Since its 2016 launch, Learning Tools has expanded into several other Office apps and into the Edge reader.