It’s no secret that Buncee and Microsoft Immersive Reader are a powerful combination for the inclusive classroom. Since we launched this integration in the Spring of 2019, we’ve seen the impact Immersive Reader has had in classrooms in our community. We’ve seen students gain confidence and garner a love of reading; and we’ve seen teachers able to more effectively communicate with students and parents.
Immersive Reader: A Game-Changer in the Classroom and Beyond
We’ve had the honor talking to a number of educators in our community, who have shared their experiences with Buncee and Immersive Reader. From providing support to ENLs, to communicating with non-english speaking parents, the applications for Buncee and Immersive Reader are endless. Educator Christine Schlitt, who works with ENL and special education students, and who faces challenges when communicating with non-English speaking parents. Christine recently participated in a Coffee Talk where she sat down with fellow Buncee Ambassador Rachelle Dene Poth to chat about Buncee and Immersive Reader. During the talk, Christine had this to say:
During parent-teacher conferences, non-English speaking parents thanked me for using Immersive Reader to translate their child’s lessons.
Christine also shared how she uses Buncee and Immersive Reader to assist emerging readers. Students can craft their own text in Buncee, then use Immersive Reader to customize their reading experience to suit their own unique needs.
Educator Tan Huynh is passionate about differentiating education, and about making sure learning is accessible to all students, regardless of ability. In a recent Coffee Talk, Tan shared how Buncee and Immersive Reader can be a powerful tool for students who come to a new country where they don’t speak the language taught in schools. He opened up about his own experience as an immigrant coming to the United States as a child, and how his experience is completely different than immigrant children’s today, all because of the power of technology to bridge language barriers. In regards to the importance of tools that make inclusivity and accessibility a priority, like Buncee and Immersive Reader, Tan had this to say:
(Before) we focused on what kids can’t do, but with technology, we shift that focus into what kids can do.
What can I do with Buncee and Immersive Reader in the Classroom?
With Buncee and Immersive Reader, all types of learners can feel empowered to learn and communicate. To see what you can do with Immersive Reader and Buncee in your classroom, search “Immersive Reader” in Ideas Lab. There, you can check out ideas such as:
- Create Visual Vocabulary Flashcards with Immersive Reader
- Explore the 3 Types of Rocks with a Flipped Lesson using Immersive Reader
- Share Your Summer Plans and Explore Sentence Structure with Immersive Reader
- Explore the Declaration of Independence with a Scavenger Hunt and Immersive Reader
- Visualize the Science of Rainbows
- Explore Career Vocabulary with Immersive Reader
Do you have a story of how you’re using Immersive Reader in the classroom? We’d love to hear about it! Reach out to us on Twitter, and be sure to join our Facebook Educators group, so you never miss an update!