iPads

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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 (iOS 10 only).  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.