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Although I don't recommend using the iPad for typing term papers, or thesis. There are times in class where you will use the keyboard, and will want to type, particularly for taking notes. So let's tap on the app Notes, and see some of the features of the keyboard. As soon as you tap in the document, the keyboard slides up. If you tap on a Return key and start a new line, any new line will start with a capitalized letter.
If you want to insert a capitalized letter later, you simply tap the Shift key and the letter that you want to be capitalized. If you want a whole word to be capitalized Double tap on the Shift key and begin typing. To undo this feature simply tap on the Shift key. A cool super user trick for capitalizing letters is to tap on the Shift key and slide to the letter that you want to capitalize.
To insert a period, double tap on the space bar. One of the most interesting and amazing features of this keyboard is that you can switch from keyboard to keyboard. From country keyboard to country keyboard, and there are also special keyboards with emoticons that are particularly attractive to students. If you tap once on the Home button to go back to your multitasking bar, then tap on the Settings app, then tap on Keyboards.
Then tap on Add New Keyboard, look at all of the different keyboards that you have available. This is fantastic for foreign students, for doing things in different countries and for students who have English as a second language. They appear in alphabetical order. We're going to experiment with the Emoji keyboard by tapping on the word Emoji. And now we have it added into our keyboards. If I double tap on the Home key, that brings up my multitasking bar, then I'll tap on notes. Then tap anywhere in the page, and now when I look at the keyboard in the bottom left I see a new key with the globe on it.
If I tap on that key, that brings up my new keyboard which is my emoticons, and tapping on those images has now replaced my standard keyboard. Now I'm sure a lot of the teachers are groaning as I explain how to this. You can also delete these keyboards. In order to delete these keyboards you go back to Settings. And tap on the Edit button in the upper right corner. And tap on the red minus sign, and then tap the Delete key. Back in Notes, tap anywhere in the document.
And now if we look at the keyboard, you'll notice that the key with the globe icon is missing. There are also some special hidden things in the keys. If you tap on the E and pull up, you'll see all the different ways in which you can use the E key, even in foreign languages. You may try tapping on some of the other letters, like O. But the most important ones to me are the ones that show when you tap on the exclamation and comma, there's your apostrophe.
And the question mark and period, there's your quotation marks. And that keeps you from having to switch back and forth between two different keyboards. There will be times when you'll want to Copy and Cut and Paste things. Just tap twice on a word and that selects the word, and a pop up menu shows. That gives you a number of choices to Cut, Copy, Paste, suggest other ways of spelling the word, or even defining a word in the dictionary.
If you want to select more, you can tap on any of the blue dots and pull them left or right. As you pull left and right, you'll see a magnifying glass come up. And if I tap on Copy right now, and insert my (UNKNOWN) in a different part of the document and hit return, and then, tap again. I can Paste that selection where the I beam is. And as you're typing, if any of the words appear with a red dotted underline, that means you've misspelled them.
If you tap on those words, it will give you a suggestion, and if you want that suggestion, just tap on it. To hide the keyboard, there is a button in the bottom right that you may tap on. And that will slide the keyboard down. And anytime you want to bring the keyboard back in to any of the apps where you're typing, simply tap on the document. And last, a really fun trick to do is there are different kinds of ways you can set up your keyboard. If you put your two fingers together and split them apart with one gesture, you now have split the keyboard and this gives you a lot more visible space so you can see what you're doing on the screen.
And if you take those two pointer fingers and push them back to the center, you rejoin your keyboard. There's an unusual key on this keyboard, there's a microphone. If you tap on this icon, you can dictate words into an audio recording, and iPad will do its best to type whatever you say. This key is particularly effective with young students learning how to read they can speak their thoughts then see them typed.
If you have students with special needs, this can be a very effective tool. Those of them who do not have the ability to type with their hands or do not have good, small motor skills or who lean towards being more auditory. This key will give you a way for them to express themselves through text. So these are some of the fun features that are designed into and hidden and built for you to have a great time typing in iPad even though you can't feel the keys.
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