Mr. Kamrowski

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Coffee & iPads 10-24-17

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Coffee and iPads

October 24th, 2017


What a wonderful brisk morning! Grab a cup of coffee and ponder the following question. Did you wake up this morning with a roof over your head, in a heated home, with all your appendages and senses? If yes, you are blessed. Not all are able to make it through life without overcoming major obstacles to achieve daily goals. Some have struggles we cannot imagine. No technology can rid the daily struggles these individuals face. However, technology can ease struggles for some and allow a path to success. The iPad has powerful accessibility features that can make learning accessible to many whom it may not have been before. Today, I want to show you how to make text speak to you on the iPad.

For Those Who Learn by Watching (3 Minutes & 30 Seconds)

Note: These are my first Coffee & iPad videos. Be nice as I did not have a lot of time to make them pretty. By the way, they were made on the iPad.

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For Those Who Learn by Reading


You can check them off as you go. This works best if you have this email open on your computer or you print this off so you can work with your iPad while you read. Estimated Time to Complete: 3:24 (Times may vary from individual to individual)

Speak Screen Instructions

  • Go to Settings—-> General—->Accessibility—->Speech Turn on Speak Screen. Also, turn on Highlight Content. Select what content you want highlighted while the iPad is reading to you (Words, Sentences, Words & Sentences). I like just words so students can see the word being spoken. Select the color you would like when the iPad highlights the word.
  • Open an article on Safari. For a cleaner read, use reader view.
  • With two fingers, swipe down from the top frame of the iPad.. This may take a few tries. If only one finger is registered, your notification screen will slide down. Refrain from cursing or throwing your iPad if you do not achieve success the first time. Let’s remember growth mindset here people! What should appear is a media control panel that allows you to pause, play, skip as well as speed,up or slow down the reading of text. Of course, you should also hear the iPad reading to you. If not, try turning the volume up.

Speak Selection Instructions

  • Go to Settings—-> General—->Accessibility—->Speech. Turn on Speak selection.
  • Go back to Safari and select a piece of text by long pressing the text until it is highlighted. Drag the bars on either side of the highlight until it covers all that you want selected.
  • Lift your finger from the textand you should see a black bar above the text with an option to speak.
  • Tap Speak and it will Speak the text to you. You can pause it at anytime by taping pause. _Note: Back in the Speech settings you can adjust speaking speed and select different voices. I have been told that Alex’s voice is the most realistic. However, I think the British Kate is kind of fun too. _

Teacher Thought Bubble


  • Clearly, teach this to your students so they can opt to have text read to them when they choose.
  • Students with I.E.P.’s can use this feature to have tests read to them without taking them out of the room. They can put ear buds in and nobody needs to know they have an accommodation.
  • Writers can use this feature to have their writing read back to them so they can listen for the flow and fluency of the paper.
  • Early readers could use this feature to help them learn sight words and read a text. -Turn the volume off,leave the highlight words feature on, slow the speed of the reading for early readers to read using a bookmark like visual.

If you have your own thoughts on this topic and these suggestions, feel free to send them to me.

Upcoming Topics


  • More iPad Time Savers
  • More Accessibility
  • All about the Keyboard, Keyboard, Keyboard
  • Helping Parents Parent with the iPad
  • Tools You Don’t Know You Have

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Author: Rob Kamrowski

My name is Rob Kamrowski and I have been a high school social study teacher of some years. Recently, I have accepted a position as an 8th grade American History teacher. I have taught a range of subjects from American History to Personal Finance to AP European History. I earned my Bachelor Degree in 2003, my Masters Degree in 2008, and strive to earn the respect of my students, colleagues and family every day of every year

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