Mr. Kamrowski

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Coffee & iPads 11-7-17

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November 7th, 2017


Good Tuesday morning! I don’t know about you, but this daylight savings time thing makes me drink extra strong coffee. Throw the fact that I need to get my grades in by Wednesday morning, and am no where near reaching that deadline, and I’m a bit frantic. For this reason, I am going to share a quick little tool with you and get back to grading my students’ writing and drinking my coffee. Meet assistive touch.
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Turn Assistive Touch On

  • Go to settings—>General—>Accessibility—>Assistive Touch and toggle it on. A little virtual home button should show up on your screen. This can be moved around to any location on your screen.

What is Assistive Touch?

  • Assistive Touch is meant to help people with physical impairments, or those who do not like the regular gestures of the iPad, navigate the iPad. However, it can be useful for anybody in a variety of ways.
  • Notice, the default options allow you to
    • call up Siri
    • check your notifications
    • access control center
    • control the physical buttons of your device
    • and add custom actions
  • You can create a gesture and save it to assistive touch. To do this tap the custom button and then one of the plus signs. This will bring a blank canvas for you to tap or swipe the gesture you want saved. Go ahead and do the gesture. You can then click save and name the gesture. It will add to your assistive touch options.

Teacher Thought Bubble


  • Assistive touch is a great feature for you to use as a pointer when displaying your iPad on the Apple TV. Move it around the screen to point out important elements of a presentation or show students where to tap on their iPad to complete a certain digital task they are doing.
  • Clearly, use it to quickly access features of your iPad.
  • If you ever have a problem remembering how to take a screen shot or are not very good at double tapping the button; assistive touch is your answer.
  • Think of apps you use that have custom gestures. Program assistive touch to do them to save time while working in those apps.

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

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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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