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Using the iPad to Support Dyslexia

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  • Published: 2015
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When using an iPad to support pupils with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia, there is a temptation to head straight to the Apps Store to download the latest dedicated 'dyslexia app'. While many of these apps offer valuable literacy support, the built-in features in 'Accessibility' and 'Keyboard'(in Settings and General) are often neglected. Not all the features mentioned in the infograph are set as 'default' so you might need to delve into Settings to turn them on, although much will depend on the needs of your learners.

Additionally, the native Apple apps, such as Notes, with integrated text formatting, access to the camera and picture library as well as the newly implemented drawing tools, is a worthy contender to more expensive word processing apps. Both the Reminders and Calendar apps also offer useful planning and organisation features, particularly for those learners who find time management challenging.

Due to constraints regarding content, additional Accessibility features have not been included (although equally valuable), such as the option to switch between lowercase and uppercase on the on-screen keyboard; the option to undock the keyboard to position it just below a line of text to aid tracking.

It is also worth noting that while 'Split View' (Allow Multiple Apps' feature in 'Multitasking') is highlighted in the infograph this feature is only available for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4. For older iPads 'Slide Over' is the iOS alternative but unlike Split View, you are unable to interact with both screens at once.

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