Portable tablets such as iPads can support student collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. The SD62 IT Portal allows teachers to request updates to district-managed iPads. More information can be found about this process HERE.
Diverse learners can be supported through built-in iPad accessibility features.
Struggling readers can be supported through 3 features: Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and Typing Feedback (starting with iOS 10). These settings are found in Settings → General → Accessibility → Speech. This type of support is known as Text-to-Speech. Click HERE for a downloadable resource.
Struggling writers can be supported through enabling dictation. This feature involves altering settings for Siri, Home Button, and Keyboard. A microphone is added to the onscreen keyboard and dictation can be used in any app that uses a keyboard (e.g., text, email, notes, webpages) Older iPads, without Siri, need to use a free app such as “Dragon Dictate” for voice typing. This type of support is known as Speech-to-Text. Click HERE for a downloadable resource.
Distracted learners can be supported through Guided Access. This feature locks a student into an app, with an optional time limit. Turning off an iPad or losing power cancels guided access. Click HERE for a downloadable resource.
Students who know or who are learning more than one language can also be supported by built-in iPad settings. A resource on bilingual settings can be downloaded HERE.
Many iPad apps use similar icons. You can play Tic-Tac-Toe-Tech-Icons with your students to explore their pre-existing knowledge. The Tic-Tac-Toe-Tech-Icons Game can be downloaded HERE and the answers HERE.