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Using the iPad to Support Learners with Visual Difficulties

Posted by Craig Mill on the 3rd June, 2016

CALL Scotland is pleased to announce the release of a new resource; ‘Using the iPad to Support Learners with Visual Difficulties’ - an easy-to-use guide.

Using the iPad to Support Learners with Visual Difficulties The new resource (in A3 poster format) is primarily aimed at Teachers and Support for Learning Teachers, particularly those supporting pupils with a visual impairment using iPads.  

The guide highlights the built-in tools in Accessibility and Vision, such as Zoom and VoiceOver. Rather than delving straight to ‘Full Window Zoom’ the guide explores some of the basic tools such as:

A difficulty of the iPad is trying to manage the small size of the screen while zooming or magnifying around the ‘desktop’, particularly at higher levels of magnification. This is compounded when using the iPad’s on-screen keyboard as the ‘writing’ area significantly decreases when the on-screen keyboard appears. 

A Bluetooth keyboard can help to overcome this problem but typing is still challenging as you can very quickly lose your place as large text ‘rolls’ off the screen. 

Follow Focus and Smart Typing can help with this. Follow Focus follows the cursor as you type so you can keep track of what you are typing (currently only compatible with Notes and Mail), while Smart Typing automatically switches to Window Zoom in the text area when the on-screen keyboard appears – text is magnified but the keyboard remains the same size. Smart Typing is compatible with Notes and other apps such as Word and Pages. 

For more information and other hints and tips on making the most of the tools in Accessibility and Vision you can download the guide here



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