Immersive Reader comes to Canvas to make learning more accessible
Published Oct 14 2019 08:41 AM 7,926 Views

Today we are excited to announce that the Immersive Reader is launching on Canvas! Canvas by Instructure is the learning platform that helps great education happen.  Open, intuitive, and born in the cloud, Canvas streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love, for a simpler and more connected learning experience.  Since we launched Immersive Reader as a Cognitive Service all to all partners last summer, a top request from educators and schools has been to integrate with Canvas.


By integrating the Immersive Reader, Canvas makes their Pages content available for learners of all abilities and can help with access content and reading.  Based on early feedback, we hope to enable Immersive Reader in even more places in the future.  All of the capabilities built-in to the Immersive Reader will now be able to Canvas customers. “Reading is foundational to learning and at Instructure we're passionate about ensuring accessibility for all students. We're committed to implement tools that assist with comprehension and decoding such as Immersive Reader." Tara Gunther, VP of Partnerships at Instructure


An example of the new Canvas integration is below:Canvas IR.gif


Immersive Reader integration with Canvas "Pages" 


Educators are already getting excited about the new capabilities in Canvas.  Monica Padilla, a 6th grade science teacher from Highlands Middle School, says  “I love the ease and simplicity of immersive reader and how it helps me serve my students.   Canvas is so easy to use and add assignments too.  Immersive reader will make equal access to content available to all of my students.”


Pamela Spangler, Art Instructor at Chisholm Trail High School, Texas says “Students being able to hear the assignment read to them will be great for my verbal learners and students with reading needs. It will also help me make sure I have read correctly because I have a reading writing issues of my own. This will be an all around help for my students”


This integration will begin rolling out in October, and Microsoft is thrilled to have Canvas integrate the Immersive Reader to make text and reading accessible to all! 


Mike Tholfsen

Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Education


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