Enhance learning with Accessibility Features on iPad

What are the Accessibility Features?

Powerful assistive features can be found in the general settings of any iPad to completely change how an individual interacts with the device. With practical and flexible features, pupils can complement their vision, hearing, motor skills, learning and literacy. They can create, learn, work and play more easily than ever.




Each child has different educational needs. But how to cater to all of the needs in your class? Discover how you can use the iPad to meet the needs of any learner. This Teachers Guide focusses on five general needs (Visual Impairments, Attention Deficit, Poor Fine Motor Skills, Hearing Impairments and Dyslexia). In doing so, it explores the impact the Accessibility features can make in the classroom.  

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Guided Access

‘Guided Access’ enables teachers to lock children into apps and customise the user experience. This is done in a couple of ways. Firstly, a teacher can turn off any of the physical iPad buttons for an allotted time frame. Secondly, by drawing a finger over certain onscreen elements of an app you can ‘grey them out’. Essentially, this means that they are no longer tappable by the learner in question.


Speak Selection

In terms of reading,    ‘Speak Selection’        can have a positive impact on dyslexic children. Turning this accessibility feature switched on means that a child can highlight any word on any website, iBook, PDF etc and have the iPad read it out to them. Again, as this is one of the more tricky features to utilise, you can watch the video guide that demonstrates how it all works.      

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