Empowering Inclusive Classrooms: Utilizing iPad Translation Tools

Learn how to use these three tools to support emergent bilingual students, English language learners, and students learning languages of all ages. Effective communication is key to an inclusive school culture. Translation tools on iPad can bridge language barriers and foster connections in any classroom.

Tool 1: Preferred Languages

Why? Setting the preferred language on iPad helps students navigate their devices in their native language, making it easier for them to access learning materials and communicate effectively.

How to Set Preferred Languages:

  1. Navigate to the Settings App.
  2. Select General.
  3. Choose Language & Region.
  4. Add Language: Scroll through the list and select the preferred languages for the students.
  5. Set iPad Language.


Settings on an iPad: language set to Spanish. General is selected; Language and Region shows Español as preferred language.
How to Set Preferred Languages

Tool 2: Live Text

Why? Live Text allows students to interact with text in images and photos, enabling them to translate and understand text they encounter in learning materials in their daily lives.

How to Use Live Text:

  1. Choose the camera or photos app.
  2. Select text and image: point the camera at text or open a photo with text.
  3. Highlight the text: tap on it to select.
  4. Choose the translation option to translate the text into the preferred language.
  5. Make sure that you have toggled on Live Text. See the image above.


Tool 3: Translate Support in Safari Reader

Why? The Translate feature in Safari Reader allows students to translate web pages into their preferred language, facilitating a better understanding of online content and research materials.

How to Use Translate in Safari Reader:

  1. Open Safari: Tap on the Safari app.
  2. Navigate to a Web Page: Enter the page URL you want to translate.
  3. Tap the AA icon in the address bar.
  4. Translate Page: Tap the AA icon again and select Translate to [Language].
  5. Confirm Translation: If prompted, choose Enable Translation to confirm.


iPad displaying Kids National Geographic website with AA dropdown menu open. Option of Translate Page.
Tool 3: Translate Support in Safari Reader

By leveraging these built-in iPad tools, you - as the teacher can create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for emergent bilingual students and English language learners. Preferred Language settings, Live Text, and Safari Translate are features that help break down language barriers to impact learning, enhance communication, and foster a sense of belonging within the classroom.

Call to Action: Incorporate iPad translation tools into daily routines to support student learning. Share your learning success stories and resources utilizing these iPad tools for learning in the Apple Education Community.


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