Hat tip to my colleague, Kristin Day, for sharing this great new accessibility tip for mobile devices. Now you can skip the keyboard when you want to do Google searches and use handwriting instead. Enabling this feature is pretty straightforward.
- Open your mobile device web browser and go to http://google.com.
- Locate the gear icon on the top right hand corner.
- Tap on the "search settings" link.
- Select "enable" under the Handwrite section and then tap save at the bottom of the screen.
- To begin using handwriting tap on the "g" at the bottom right hand of your Google search screen.
This could be a great feature for younger students who are unfamiliar with the QWERTY keyboard, practicing letter formation, and students who struggle with selecting individual keys on the virtual keyboard. This can also be a time saving tool when you are searching on the go.
For as a video demonstration and more information about this feature follow the link at the top.
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