With our district license we have access to Read&Write for the iPad. The free app can be downloaded from the App Store and offers an alternative keyboard for the iPad. This keyboards features speech to text, word prediction, a spell checker, a text dictionary and a picture dictionary. When using Safari, a web toolbar can be added that has much the same functionality as the R&W Chrome toolbar on a computer.

Once the keyboard is set up on the iPad, students can access it by clicking on the “globe” Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 2.22.37 PMto rotate through the keyboards. You can also hold the “globe” down to view existing keyboards. Clicking on the “theme” button in the R&W toolbar changes colours.IMG_0452

Preferences can be changed on the app itself as shown below:

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While the toolbar does not offer text to speech, students can still use the iPad keyboard to access speech to text.

More detailed information can be found here