One of the more useful features of the iPad, when the technology works, is Siri. To use Siri you need to be connect to the internet through WiFi or cellular data service (if your iPad has that option). Simply hold down the home button (the circle at the bottom) until the microphone and wavy line pops onto the screen. You can then ask Siri to perform a variety of functions from sending emails and messages to adding reminders. This can be a great organizational tool for students. Check out the video below for a full explanation and visual of how to use Siri!
Speech to Text - Part 1
Speech to text is an extremely useful feature for students who have written language disorders, fine motor weaknesses, or who simply perform better when verbally expressing their ideas. Depending on which version of the iPad you have, their are two different ways to access speech to text. Today's video focuses on using the speech to text feature build into iOS.
Speech to Text - Part 2
Today's video focuses on older devices which do not have speech to text available as a built in accessibility feature. On older iPads, you will first need to download the app, "Dragon," which is available for free in the App Store. This video includes instructions for downloading the app, as well as app use and features, and transferring information from Dragon to other apps.
Having Siri Read Aloud
Another great iOS feature is text to speech or the "read aloud" feature. This is great for students who have reading difficulties, for doing research on websites that may have words too difficult for a student to decode, or for editing papers.
A quick but useful iOS feature is the ability to define words within websites. This is great for when students come across higher level vocabulary while reading online.