Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation for testing. The Easter activities are for everyone - especially for students who are using screen readers. The games can be played using any tablet or computer. Note: The specific gestures, braille display and Bluetooth keyboard commands listed are for an iPad with Voiceover.

Easter Word Scramble

Unscramble these mixed-up words! Type the answer beside the mixed-up word. Consider the tech skills that your student is learning or needs to practice before completing this assignment.

  • Navigate character by character to hear the letters in the mixed up word
  • Navigate to the beginning of the line (to go listen to each character in the mixed-up word) or to the end of the line (to type the answer)
  • Navigate by lines: Give the student an answer and ask him to find and navigate to the correct mixed-up word

Easter Mad Lib

Now that your student is warmed up with navigating by characters, try this more challenging activity.

Ask the Mad Lib questions first. Then, have your student complete the Easter Mad Lib by deleting the mad lib prompt and replacing it with his previous answers. 

This is an opportunity to practice the tech skills required to edit. Navigate by word, line and paragraph. Select the prompt - including the parenthesis and delete; then, type in the mad lib response. Once all the answers have been added, read the Easter Mad Lib aloud!

Made Lib Questions document here

Easter Mad Lib document here

iOS Gestures

Note: The Bluetooth keyboard has more available navigation commands than gestures or braille display commands.

  • Move character by character (set the rotor to character - two-finger twist - then swipe down to navigate by characters)
  • Move by lines (set rotor to lines - two-finger twist - then swipe down to navigate by lines)
  • Select by words (set rotor to Select Text, swipe down to Word selection, right swipe to select additional words)
  • Delete words (once words are selected, set rotor to Edit, then swipe down until Cut. Double tap to cut.)
  • Move focus to the beginning or end of the text field (double tap)

iOS Bluetooth Keyboard Commands

With Quick Nav Off (right + left arrows)

  • Move character by character (right arrow key)
  • Move by word (option + right arrow)
  • Move by line (down arrow)
  • Move by paragraph (option + down arrow)
  • Move insertion point to the beginning of the current line (Cmd + left arrow)
  • Move insertion point to the end of the current line (Cmd + right arrow)
  • Move insertion point to the beginning of the text field (Cmd + up arrow)
  • Select text by word (shift + option + right arrow)
  • Delete (delete key)

iOS Braille Display Commands

  • Move character by character (set rotor to character - 5+6+space - then joy stick down or 6+space)
  • Move by words (set the rotor to words  - 5+6+space - then joy stick or 6+space)
  • Move line by line (set rotor to lines - 5+6+space - then joy stick down or 6+space)
  • Navigate using the routing buttons 
  • Move cursor to beginning or end of the text field (3+6+spacebar or joystick in)
  • Select by word (set rotor to words then 2+5+6+space)
  • Delete selected text (1+4+5+space or 7+space)

Easter Word Scramble document here

Easter Word Scramble Answers document here

Easter writing and tech collage