Press Release – Lowercase Keyboard Released

Rubber Chicken Apps launches a lower case educational keyboard for iPad

Wednesday 08 Oct 2014
Tauranga, New Zealand

Today Rubber Chicken Apps is pleased to announce the release of Lowercase Keyboard for iPad that can be used in any iPad app as an alternative to the standard iPad keyboard.  Lowercase Keyboard is designed for students who are starting on their learning journey in reading and writing.  Often younger learners find it difficult to match their letter knowledge, which normally begins with lowercase letters, to the uppercase glyphs on the default iOS keyboard.

Lowercase Keyboard alleviates this problem with a keyboard that is similar in layout and design to the default iPad keyboard.  Learning features of Lowercase Keyboard include lower and uppercase letters that change as the user presses the shift or caps lock key, a simplified set of mathematical and web symbols, black keys with white glyphs for increased contrast and the OpenDyslexic font available from http://opendyslexic.org.

With a colour scheme that complements the default iPad keyboard, Lowercase Keyboard aims to assist the user without dsitracting from the apps the user is engaged with.  Black keys and white glyphs draws the learners eyes to the characters, enabling them to select the correct letter, number or symbol quickly and accurately.

Lowercase Keyboard follows a strict privacy policy and does not have access to online resources or to the containing app.  This means that it is unable to collect any user data.

Rubber Chicken Apps designer and developer Matthew Thomas, who is also a Primary School teacher, explains “I started creating Lowercase Keyboard for my own Year Two and Three students (6-7 year olds), many of whom struggled to find the correct keys on an uppercase keyboard.  With the ability to install custom keyboards in iOS 8, Lowercase Keyboard became feasible for iPad.

Lowercase Keyboard is currently only available for iPad, but will be developed as a Universal app, available also for iPhone and iPod Touch devices in the future.

Available on the App Store at a price of 0.99¢ (US).

Device requirements:

* Compatible with iPad and iPadMini

* Requires iOS 8 or later

Lowercase Keyboard

Download Lowercase Keyboard


Rubber Chicken Apps is a small iOS development brand by Matthew Thomas, a Primary School teacher IT Integration Learning Leader and Apple Distinguisehd Educator in Tauranga, New Zealand.  Matthew started creating apps for his own classroom, with friends and fellow teachers soon asking if they could use the apps created with their own students.

Rubber Chicken Apps has a range of educational apps available on the iTunes App Store, all with a focus on enabling students to engage with learning concepts and tools in an open ended and enjoyable way, and giving teachers unqiue and powerful tools for their role as leaders of learning.

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