Showing posts with label virtual keyboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label virtual keyboard. Show all posts

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Google Docs Add-on Makes It Easy to Type Accents

Knowing the right keyboard shortcuts to type the accents and characters is one of the challenges that students face when learning and trying to type in a new language. Easy Accents is a Google Docs Add-on that can eliminate that challenge. Easy Accents provides a virtual keyboard that enables students to quickly insert the letters and accents found in French, German, Spanish, Māori, and Sámi.

If you're looking for a virtual keyboard that will work outside of Google Documents, check out Type ItType It is a free online program for typing accent marks and other special characters that are often required for languages other than English. Type It supports twenty-one languages and currency symbols. You can insert accents and characters by selecting them from the menu provided by Type It or by using their suggested keyboard shortcuts.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Two Virtual Keyboards for World Languages Students

This post was prompted by an email I received from a reader this evening.

Type It is a free online program for typing accent marks and other special characters that are often required for languages other than English. Type It supports twenty-one languages and currency symbols. You can insert accents and characters by selecting them from the menu provided by Type It or by using their suggested keyboard shortcuts.

Lite Type is a virtual keyboard that allows you type and search the web in your choice of 53 different languages. To use Lite Type select a language and begin typing. Lite Type displays a keyboard that shows you what each key on your computer's keyboard will generate. The keyboard key is displayed directly below the box in which your typed text appears. Lite Type has some other convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and websites. Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Virtual Keyboard - Play Piano, Organ, Drums,

Last month I outlined some good ways that students can experiment with sounds and create music online. Earlier this week through Danny Nicholson's Whiteboard Blog I learned about another resource to add to that list.

The Virtual Keyboard is an online keyboard that students can use to virtually play piano, organ, saxophone, flute, pan pipes, guitar, bass, and steel drums. Students can play individual notes and or create chords.

Applications for Education
The Virtual Keyboard could be a good way for students to experiment with creating chords and sounds on instruments that their schools might not have. I'm pretty sure my elementary school didn't have an organ for us to play, but something like the Virtual Keyboard could have been useful for us.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Virtual Keyboards for Typing Special Characters

This post was prompted by one of my colleagues who asked for help with typing special characters on his keyboard.

Type It is a free online program for typing accent marks and other special characters that are often required for languages other than English. Type It supports twenty-one languages and currency symbols. You can insert accents and characters by selecting them from the menu provided by Type It or by using their suggested keyboard shortcuts.

Lite Type is a virtual keyboard that allows you type and search the web in your choice of 53 different languages. To use Lite Type select a language and begin typing. Lite Type displays a keyboard that shows you what each key on your computer's keyboard will generate. The keyboard key is displayed directly below the box in which your typed text appears. Lite Type has some other convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and websites. Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.

One of the challenges foreign language students sometimes face when trying to complete assignments while using a standard English keyboard is learning the key combinations for creating accents and other special characters. For Windows users there is a solution to that problem and it is called AX. AX is a free open source program that will allow you to type accents using just the F8 key on your keyboard.

Learn more about AX in the episode of Tekzilla Daily embedded below.



If you're a Mac user and would like to know how to type special characters on your keyboard, here are three free PDFs from Go Squared that offer directions on how to type accents and symbols by using the correct combination of keys on your Mac's keyboard.