Are you using Bluetooth keyboards or onscreen keyboard with the iPads?  My
assumption is onscreen, but please correct me if different.


On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM, Melissa Hayden-Raley <[log in to unmask]>

> Hi All -
> We are doing SBACs with our iPads this week and wanted to let you know of
> some workarounds that we've needed to use.
> Text to Speech:
> When students use "Speak Question", the voice goes very fast.  There is no
> speed control built into the test.
> Workaround: Pause and close the test app.  Go to Settings > Accessibility.
>  Turn on Speak Selection, and set the speed to something comfortable (you
> can test in Safari or another app).  I found that about 10% was a good
> rate.  Your mileage may vary.
> When you are in the test, do not use the "Speak Question" option that is
> embedded into the test.  Instead, tap/hold then highlight the text you
> want, and the usual iOS menu bar pops up - tap Speak.
> * Note that manually highlighting the text is clunkier than using the
> embedded Speak Question.  Review this on the practice test with the
> student before the test to see if thiis will work.  You may want to have a
> laptop available for students who need this accomodation if the manual
> highlighting is frustrating and the alternative of the fast voice is not
> acceptable.
> Free Response Text Blocks:
> In the text boxes where students can type free responses to questions, if
> the student taps out of the box and then tries to tap back in to edit
> their responses, the cursor messes up.  It locks itself onto a screen
> location, and you can scroll the screen/text up and down around it.  When
> you start typing into it, your typing may end up in an unexpected location.
> Workaround: plug in a keyboard with arrow keys, and use those keys to
> navigate inside of the text box before the student types.  Have the
> students review their answers carefully to remove any text that ended up
> in the wrong location.
> Melissa Hayden-Raley
> Technology Supervisor
> Milton Town School District
> 802-893-5460
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