20 tips to learn how to better read and write with the iPad

As as student, the iPad can help you overcome many difficulties and offers you many solutions to help you with your writing or improve your ability to read.

These solutions are classified into three parts: Read, Write & Understand.

Here they are. And they are all free!

Read

1. Use Speak selection

You can then read any piece of text on the iPad. Handy when you can’t pronounce or recognize a word.

2. Use Shortcuts

3. OpenDyslexic font

If you don’t know how to install a font, visit this page: How to use custom fonts on iPhone and iPad.

4. Reader mode

5. Convert a web page into a PDF

6. Office Lens

Write

7. Use the Speak recognition fonction

8. Create shortcuts

9. Turn your handwriting into block letters

10. Fluently

Fluently is an online text editor with a multilingual translator, dictionary, and thesaurus built-in.

So if you need to write (and not only to translate like you would using Google Translate) and format a document, your are at the right place.

11. Google Docs

12. MindNode

Understand

13. Check your spelling

The English version of Le bon patron is SpellCheckPlus.

14. Use a dictionary

15. Phonetic search

Do a phonetic search by using the Académie française dictionary. Type the word you are looking for spelling and choose Mots proches. The dictionary will find the right spelling for you!

16. Built-in dictionary

17. Create your own dictionary

18. Google Translate

19. Google translate in a spreadsheet

Depending on which language you want, the function should look like that: =GOOGLETRANSLATE($A1,"fr","en").

You can even create some kind of automatic research of the translated word by using this function: =HYPERLINK("https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/"&A1, "Français").

By doing this, you create swiftly and automatically a dictionary without having to write a lot of things!

20. Otter

Moreover you can listen to your transcript of course but you can also highlight text or comments it. Very convenient!

Only for English teachers (Otter only supports English) using their computer.

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Teacher and Director of Academic Research & Innovation @ Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill

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Yann Houry

Teacher and Director of Academic Research & Innovation @ Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill