Cost: $1.99 plus in app purchases
Over the past few months I’ve tried out a lot of keyboards for my iOS devices. There are keyboards that allow me to type by using the touch screen instead of the keyboard and keyboards that allow me to add videos and gifs to documents quickly. There is even a dog image keyboard. Most recently I tried ReBoard and it’s the one I think I will probably stick with.
Watch the 13.5 minute screencast below to learn how ReBoard works and you can read more about it below the video.
The heart of ReBoard is that it brings multi-tasking to the iOS keyboard. Once you have ReBoard setup on your device you can use it for any of the writing that you do whether it’s a document, a note, a text message, a Tweet, a Facebook post, or an email. No longer do you have to leave the email, or document, or Tweet you are writing in order to look something up on the web or find a file in your Dropbox.
Teens, teachers, and library staff using ReBoard may think of it as another tool for research note-taking as it’s really useful to easily be able to search the web for information on a topic and then quote that information or refer to that information in what you are writing. I like it as a way to find, annotate, and curate links and content on my device when using Google Docs on my iPad. It’s also very nice to be able to look up a word or do some quick math right inside what I’m working on.
ReBoard does have a small ($1.99) price tag in order to use the basic features – Wikipedia, YouTube, image search, dictionary, etc. And another small ($.99) price tag to add some extras – Dropbox for example. However, if you think the timesaving that can come with using ReBoard will be useful to you and the teens you work with and for, then I think you’ll decide that the minimal costs are well worth it.