1.8 Using the Onscreen Keyboard
    DIRECTIONSRead the information on keyboard sounds below. Then, view the onscreen keyboard video tutorial. 


    Keyboard Sounds

    Having keyboard sounds turned on is one way you can determine if students are on task when using an iPad. It can also be distracting/annoying if multiple iPads are clicking away they are being used!

    Whatever your preference for keyboard clicks, you can set it in the following manner:
    • Tap Settings, then tap Sounds
    • At the bottom of the page, you can toggle Keyboard Clicks to On or Off

    Using the Keyboard, Including Some Shortcuts!

    The video below gives a great demonstration of how to use the onscreen keyboard, and includes some hidden gems like how to type letters with accents and how to get apostrophes and quotation marks without going to the number screen.
    You may wish to open the Notes app on your iPad before viewing the video. This is the app which is used in the video to demonstrate the iPad keyboard. Your Notes app will look different than the one in the video because the app in the video is an older version, but the keyboard will work in the same manner.
    Learning Suggestions:
    • As you view the video, pause and review as needed to practice each keyboard procedure by typing in the Notes app.
    • If you are a touch-typist on a regular keyboard, you may find it less frustrating to use more of a "hunt-and-peck" method with one finger of each hand when typing on an onscreen keyboard.
    • NOTE: The audio dictation demonstrated in the video will not work on the iPad 2, which is the model of iPad issued to the majority of GISD teachers. 
    Unable to see the video below? If you are currently at a GISD campus attempting to view this page on an iPad, please follow these instructions to bypass the Lightspeed Filter:
    • Click here. A new tab will open in your web browser.
    • In the new tab, click Not you? in the top left corner of the page.
    • Login with your GISD computer username and password.
    • Close the new tab.
    • Refresh this page. You will now be able to view the video below.  

     Next After viewing the video above and practicing with your iPad onscreen keyboard, please proceed to section 1.9 Connecting to Public or Home WiFi.

Last Modified on August 3, 2014