SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Assistive keyboard uses only seven keys to type.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn an alternative way of keyboarding using SuperKeys. If your kid struggles with keyboarding on the iPad because of low vision or fine motor issues, you can customize the keyboard with 36 everyday phrases. Kids will learn five letter clusters, based on the QWERTY keyboard, to help them keyboard independently. There's also word prediction to help expedite the writing experience. SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard might help some kids speed up their writing process, but it could also frustrate others who don't want to complete two steps for each letter.

Ease of Play

SuperKeys needs to be added as a new keyboard in your iPad settings. The design is for kids who've mastered an understanding of a QWERTY keyboard, making it difficult for kids who haven't yet mastered keyboarding skills.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SuperKeys is designed to help kids with low vision and fine motor issues. It allows kids to tap a group of letters first and then choose one letter from that group. The app isn't typical, as it's added into your iPad settings as an additional keyboard. This assistive keyboard is particularly beneficial to kids who already have a good understanding of the QWERTY keyboard.

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What's it about?

SUPERKEYS is an assistive keyboard that can be added to your iPad's keyboard through your settings. The keyboard is broken down into seven groups of letter/number clusters. Each time you tap a letter, it brings up an enlarged cluster of letters/numbers. As you type a word, the iOS 8 word prediction comes up to help the writing process. There's also an option to add 36 customized frequently used phrases.

Is it any good?

SuperKeys might benefit kids who have trouble typing on small keys, and the word-completion feature could help kids who struggle with spelling. It's an interesting solution that might work for some kids but could frustrate others, as each letter requires two steps to access. With some practice, kids likely will increase their speed, but if they're expecting a solution that makes typing exponentially faster, this might not be it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about keyboarding strategies: How can you type faster? How do the groups of letters make typing easier?

  • Discuss other possible modes of expression, such as text-to-speech.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, working efficiently
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: $5.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: November 12, 2014
  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 100.00 MB
  • Publisher: Crick Software
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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