Lesson Ideas using Creativity Apps

Apple have released a series of interactive books which give educators ideas on how to use some creativity apps in their classroom. The books are free and are easy to follow, with examples for all ages and subjects.

 

For the link to download any of the books click here.

Keyboard extensions

  

With new Keyboard extensions you can plug in keyboards from other apps and use them across a range of other apps. This allows a user to unlock the power of some impressive Keyboards and use them in their favourite apps. One such Keyboard extension is Lowercase.

Lowercase Keyboard is a custom keyboard that uses both lowercase and uppercase letters, as well as a simplified set of numbers and special characters. The keyboard has been designed with primary students in mind.  

Lowercase Keyboard follows the layout of the default keyboard closely so it is easy to use. The font of the Lowercase Keyboard is "OpenDyslexic" which has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. 

 

Another useful keyboad extension comes from Assistiveware, and is called Keedogo/Keeble. Which is available in 3 versions. Keedogo for students just learning to read, write and type. Keedogo Plus, which includes Automatic Captialisation and word prediction. While, Keeble is an iOS keyboard that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with vision impairments to type in any app.

 

The keyboard provides a simplified layout with just the essential keys so early writers can focus only developing their skills rather than being distracted by symbols and functions they don’t yet need.

Keedogo offers the possibility to choose a QWERTY or ABC layout. Featuring lowercase letters and color-coded vowels, learning has never been easier. Keedogo can be used in any app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard.


Speed up your iPad and Reduce Motion

 

 

 

 

iOS7 has increased the amount of animation involved in opening up apps. Once you click on an app, it automatically Zooms up to begin. Added to this is the Parallax effect behind the icons on the home page which make the icons appear to float as your device is tilted. 
With this quick and easy tutorial you can turn off these animations to save time between apps and increase your productivity.

 

 

Guided Access

 

 

 

 

Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.

 

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access. From there you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off 
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

Start a Guided Access session

  • Open the app you want to run.
  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Adjust settings for the session, then click Start.

Disable app controls and areas of the app screen

  • Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
  • Use the handles to adjust the area.

Ignore all screen touches

  • Turn off Touch.

Keep iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to any other motions

  • Turn off Motion.

End a Guided Access session

  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Enter the Guided Access passcode.

Assistive Touch

Assistive Touch on the iPad is an inbuilt accessibilty feature designed for those with physical impairments who may find traditional gestures and commands difficult. This can include people who have limited mobility in their hands and fingers or people who use assistive devices such as a stylus or head pointer. You can access all of the features of the physical buttons in the device, like volume control, screen rotation, mute, and also the shake function which allows you to undo any work. 

 

You can customise your own gestures, as well as accessing multitouch features of the iPad using single touches, all of which can be accessed using a floating button.