Day 13 – iPad – Accessibility options – Assistive Technology – #28daysofwriting

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When I first met iPad I admired its smooth appearance, its minimalist style and effortless charm. It was so intuitive, like it knew me, and I fell for it, truely, madly, deeply.

We’ve been together a long time now – it’s never let me down and has gone from my shiny, exciting new passion to my old, faithful and dependable love. We’re forever friends. FF x

And the iPad is also great for SEND and Assistive Technology. There are so many in-built features that I thought I’d start with them first before moving onto the great apps available.

You may have seen the term ‘accessibility’but never really delved deeper.

My Mum has her text messages made impossibly large via accessibility, my students use the ‘speak’ option and others may have tried ‘voice over’. See video.

The one which is most useful to a lot of students with poor reading skills is the ‘speak’ option where text can be read out.

You’ll see if you press the screen ‘speak’ is one of the options once this has been turned on:

http://youtu.be/ShZ5p86WDoA – this explains how to use VoiceOver.

The one which is most useful to a lot of students with poor reading skills is the ‘speak’ option where text can be read out.

You’ll see if you press the screen ‘speak’ is one of the options once this has been turned on:

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Being able to talk into the iPad rather than write is also great for students – and it’s pretty accurate.

Guided Access is another useful tool – this means you can freeze the screen to remain on one app. Some students with poor motor control can often come out of what they were on by accident and there are other students who will try to move onto games or become distracted with other apps on the iPad.

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I’ve often wondered about Guided Access for me too. This can be found in accessibility – it just needs turning on and then you use it with a passcode. Here’s a clip how to set up Guided Access.

There are many other features in Accessibility which are worth exploring before buying any of the assistive technology apps.IMG_0870

This is Apple’s more coherent instructions – have fun – try an accessible feature today 🙂

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT5018

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