Fingers, keyboard and stylus: best uses for the iPad

Fingers

Well, this is pretty self-explanatory! iPads can be used with fingers!

  1. You can use one finger (say to open up an app or a link).
  2. You can touch and hold an icon. For instance, in Safari, you can long-press the + button to see all tabs that have been recently closed.
  3. You may use two, three of four fingers for different purposes. In this guide, you will learn the basic gestures to interact with iPad (swipe, scroll, zoom).

Keyboard

This is, in my view, a very important accessory. As I write a lot of text, I definitely need a true keyboard. Moreover, when using a physical keyboard, you get rid of the virtual one which occupies half of the screen.

  • Copy : ⌘ + C
  • Paste : ⌘ + V
  • Undo : ⌘ + Z
  • Select all : ⌘ + A
  • Command (or Cmd) ⌘
  • Shift ⇧
  • Option (or Alt) ⌥
  • Control (or Ctrl) ⌃
  • Caps Lock ⇪
  • Insert a comment: ⌥ + ⌘ + M
  • Underline: ⌘ + U
  • Strike: ⌘ + ⇧ + X
  • See version history: ⌘ + ⌥ + ⇧ + H
  • Jump from the beginning to the end of a line (and vice versa): ⌘ + ➝
  • Go to the beginning or to the end of a word: ⌥ + ➝
  • Select text letter by letter: ⇧ + ➝
  • Select word by word: ⇧ + ⌥ + ➝
  • Select the whole line of text: ⌘ + ⇧ + ➝ or select from the beginning of the text: ⌘ + ⇧ + ↑ or toward the end: ⌘ + ⇧ + ↓

Stylus

As a teacher, the stylus became very important specifically when it comes to grading the work of a student. In Google Classroom, any document (even a Google Docs) can be annotated as if it was a PDF. Nothing closer to the paper.

Conclusion

The iPad is a powerful device provided you are using different accessories like a finger (already have one), a stylus or a keyboard (you got to buy them).

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Yann Houry

Yann Houry

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