How to Use a Split Screen to Increase productivity in the Classroom

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All students should be efficient using their devices and productivity apps - including students with visual impairments. In a recent post, we looked at using the iPad with Split View and VoiceOver, where students can view and work with two apps on the screen simultaneously. (See iPad Split View and VoiceOver: Research and Homework Tool post.) Split Screen is a wonderful productivity classroom tool! Is it available on other devices? 

Split Screen on Mac

Open the desired applications. Click and hold on the green button (located in to the top left corner) which is typically used to make the app full screen. Holding this button will divide the screen into two. Drag the desired app to either the left or right side of the screen. Select the second app and drag it to the other half of the screen. 

 Below is a YouTube tutorial on how to use Split Screen on a Mac.

Split Screen on PC (Windows)

Press the Windows button + left or right arrow key to move any application to the left or right side of the screen. Or, click on a new tab and drag it to the left side of the screen. Repeat for the right side of the screen. In Windows 10, you can have up to 4 Windows on the screen at a time.

 Below is a YouTube tutorial on how to use Split Screen on a PC.

Split Screen On Chromebooks

Press the Alt key + left bracket or right bracket to snap the application to the left or right side of the screen.

Below is a tutorial on how to use Split Screen on Chromebooks.

Split Screen on Android

Press the recent apps button. Press and hold on the specific app and drag the app right or left (or up and down depending on the orientation of the device).

 Below is a YouTube tutorial on how to use Split Screen on an Android device.

Split Screen on an iPad

There are several ways to view two apps simultaneously on an iPad: Slide Over and Split Screen.

 Below is a YouTube tutorial on how to use Split Screen on an iPad.

 

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