Make Assessments Easy for Early Readers

by Abby @ Quaver on May 23, 2017

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Assessment headaches got you down?

This iPad setting may help you adapt assessments for early readers, ELLs, and students with vision impairments!

Assessing individual students can be a logistical challenge in the music classroom. Teachers often have too little time with too many students, and many with exceptionalities that make assessment difficult. If you have access to iPads in your classroom, you may want to take advantage of the VoiceOver feature to make assessments easier for early readers, ELL students, or students with vision impairments. With VoiceOver, students can have their iPhone or iPad’s screen read to them, including buttons, icons, links, and other interface elements, and use gestures to navigate and select their options.

Read on to learn more about the applications for your students!

How to turn on iPad VoiceOver capabilities:

We recommend adjusting these settings before your students arrive, so they can log in to their accounts and begin taking their assessment.

1) Head to General Settings

Click the gear icon on the iPad homepage to access your Settings. From the Settings options, scroll down till you find GENERAL. 

2) Adjust Accessibility

Once on the General page, choose ACCESSIBILITY. If you ever need to adjust zoom options, enlarge text or buttons, or turn on color filters for students that are color blind, then this tool will be your new best friend!

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3) Select VoiceOver

Since today we’re focusing on VoiceOver, choose that from the list of vision Accessibility options. Once you toggle VoiceOver on, your device will begin speaking items on the screen. Students will then have the ability to click on a section of words and have it read to them.* You can also adjust the speaking rate, pitch, volume, and intonation.

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Teacher Tip: When navigating your iPad while using VoiceOver, make sure students double-tap when selecting an item.

VoiceOver works with all content, not just on assessments! Also, in order to avoid confusion amongst your students, we recommend using headphones for each of the iPad.

For more help using VoiceOver for iPhone and iPads, check out this article from iMore.

Try using VoiceOver with Quaver Music assessments and content today, and let us know what you think!



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