What’s different for Fast ForWord on iPad

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Safari support

We’ve recently introduced a new way to use the programs on iPad—the Safari web browser.

All of our HTML5-based programsFoundations series, Reading Readiness, Reading Assistant Plus, RPI programs support Safari on iPad. Because the programs are used within the web browser, you don’t need to download anything. To learn more about how these programs work in Safari, see these topics:

iPad orientation

This the best view for using the Fast ForWord program is in landscape (horizontal) orientation. The Fast ForWord mobile apps always display in landscape, even when you rotate iPad or lock the rotation. The Foundations series programs support both portrait and landscape, but landscape is recommended.

No keyboard or mouse

The Fast ForWord programs on iPad fully implement touchscreen technology and therefore do not allow access to the iPad keyboard or the keyboard shortcuts within the exercises.

Because iPad does not require a mouse, if an exercise instructs the student to "click" an object or graphic, the student should "tap" it instead.

Using the programs together on iPad

Accessing demos

While using HTML5-based programsFoundations series, Reading Readiness, Reading Assistant Plus, RPI demos, students will see all of the other program demos in Safari, but because iOS does not support Adobe Flash, the Language, Literacy, and Reading series demos will not open. To use those demos, instruct the student to press the Home button and open a Fast ForWord mobile app.

While in the mobile app, the HTML5-based programsFoundations series, Reading Readiness, Reading Assistant Plus, RPI demos will not appear in the list. The student will need to return to Safari to use it.

Using Reading Progress Indicator

You don’t need to do anything to use RPI with the HTML5-based programsFoundations series, Reading Readiness, Reading Assistant Plus, RPI on iPad—by default RPI is 100% compatible with Safari.

To use RPI with the Flash-based mobile appsLanguage, Literacy, Reading, you’ll want to download the RPI mobile app from the App Store. See Download mobile apps .

Switching among programs

If your students are using the new HTML5-based programsFoundations series, Reading Readiness, Reading Assistant Plus, RPI in Safari together with the Flash-based programsLiteracy series, Reading 1-5, Language series, Reading Readiness legacy, they’ll need to follow some steps to switch among programs on iPad.

  • To switch from a mobile app to a Safari program, students will need to return to the iPad Home screen, and then start a new session in Safari. —Students will need some instruction
  • To switch from a Safari program to a mobile app, students can tap the program graphic while still in Safari, which will prompt the student to open the mobile app for that program. —Students will be guided through this process

For details on these steps, see Demonstrate how to switch programs on iPad.

Fast ForWord mobile apps

Exit button added to all exercises

The keyboard shortcut to exit an exercise is not available on iPad. Instead, an Exit button has been added to the top of each Fast ForWord exercise.

When the Exit button is active, tapping it opens the Status screen, which allows the student to exit an exercise.

Internet status icon added to all exercises

If the Fast ForWord program loses access to MySciLEARN during an exercise session, the exercise Exit button becomes a red network icon.

Tapping the network icon opens the Status screen and shows an error message with instructions. Follow the instructions to resolve the issue. For more information see Troubleshoot issues on iPad.