A couple days ago we looked at Dictation, Microsoft’s tool for speech to text found throughout the Microsoft Office Suite. That tool uses an online engine to convert speech to text. Yesterday we looked at another way that engine is used- creating live captions, or subtitles, of your speech while presenting in PowerPoint. Today definitely builds on that, as we will look at another way that tool works in conjunction with Microsoft’s online translation tool. Welcome to Day 43 of 365 Ideas for Office 365, Presentation Translator.
Translate into different languages simultaneously
The live captions in PowerPoint allows you to choose one of twelve languages to speak in, and one of 62 languages to display on screen. But what if the majority of your audience speaks the same language as you, but not everyone? Or what if your audience is more diverse and you want to display multiple languages? This is where Presentation Translator is the powerful solution you need.
It starts the same way as the Live Captions. Click on SlideShow on the ribbon, then click “Start Subtitles”.
Make sure you click on “Additional Settings” in the popup window that appears.
In the next window that pops up, make sure the box next to “Add instructional slide” is checked.
When you start the presentation, a slide like this will appear.
When participants either scan the QR code or type in the url on their internet enabled device, they will be able to choose what language they want your presentation to be translated into.
62 Language Options
There are A LOT of choices.
This is what the website looks like.
two-way conversation option
By default, the audience is muted, but if you choose to unmute the audience, they can speak into their microphone and add their comments to the captions.
Obviously, the beauty here is that you can have a room full of people that speak a variety of different languages, and they can each see whatever you speak, on their own screen, in their own language. This also allows you to leave the captions that you project in your language, or in the predominant language in your audience, without excluding anyone else.
Microsoft continues to lead the charge in using instructional technology to make education more accessible, whether for students with reading, motor or visual disabilities, or simply speak another language. Presentation Translator is helping to make education more universally accessible.