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Special Spelling User Guide - Editing the Word List

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The word list in Special Spelling

Tapping the Word List button presents you with a view of all the words in the current profile, in the order they appear in the activities, as shown on the right. To rearrange the order of the words, or to delete any, tap the Edit button.

You can change the text, picture or recorded sound for any word, by tapping its ⓘ button at the right.

To add a new word, tap the + button. This will add the word at the start of the list, unless you first tap an existing word's text, in which case the new word will be inserted after that one. So to add a word at the end, scroll down to the last word and tap on it (which will highlight it), and then tap the + button.

Deleting a word from the word list

To the left we have already tapped the Edit button, and want to delete the pig word, and have tapped the red and white - minus button, revealing the Delete button.

If we don't want to delete the word after all, we can just tap Done instead of Delete.

We can rearrange the order of the words by dragging them up or down using the grey list icons on the right.

When finished deleting or reordering, tap Done.

Editing a word in Special Spelling

When you tap the + button, or the ⓘ button to the right of a word, you see a details view like the one to the right, allowing you to add a new word or edit an existing one.

Tap in the text field to change the text: use the on screen keyboard which appears, and tap the keyboard's Done button when finished.

To set the picture, either tap Choose Picture to select from the photos in the device's existing photo library, or tap Take Picture to take and use a new picture using the device's camera. For devices with 2 cameras, you will be able to choose which one to use. Pictures you take with the camera are also automatically saved to the device's photo library. On a 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch, or an iPad 1, the Take Picture button does not appear, as the device has no built-in camera.

Pictures should ideally be in landscape orientation, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 (width:height). So, if using the camera, take the picture with the device held with its home button on the right, not at the bottom. Existing photos which have different aspect ratios will be shown in the activities with white gaps on either side or above and below. If you want to edit an existing photo to select a 4:3 region, use one of the free photo editing apps, before choosing in Special Words.

To record the sound of the word, tap the Record Sound button, and then speak clearly. Then tap the button again (it will have changed to saying Stop Recording). Try not to leave a long gap at the start or end of the recording. If you don't stop recording within 10 seconds, it will stop automatically. Use the Play Sound button to check your recording: you can record it again if you're not happy with it.

When you are happy with the text, picture and sound, tap the Save button at the top right to confirm your changes. If you're editing an existing word, you can change any or all of these things. When adding a new word, you must set all 3 items, and the Save button is disabled until you have done this.

It is possible to have more than one list of words, each is referred to as a profile. Each profile can have a different set of words, pictures and sounds, and each profile can use a different language. Profiles are explained in detail in Chapter 5.

Please Note:

If the device doesn't have a camera, the Take picture button will not be present, and you can then only choose pictures already in the Gallery.

It is not possible for Special Spelling to detect whether the device has a microphone. If you are using a tablet that has no microphone, you must turn off Record new sounds in the app's Settings, or you will not be able to save any updates to words or pictures. Some tablets that have no built in microphone support connecting an external microphone (or headset with microphone) via the headphone socket: if you have a compatible external microphone, you can use that.

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