For many reasons, it can be helpful to view multiple “windows” simultaneously on a single screen. A learner may wish to see more than one source of information while taking notes. Or, someone might want to have a Twitter client or Facebook account open to share what’s being learned and written about. All of this is possible, and more, on the 10 inch iPad screen.
Side by Side is a remarkable free app. With Side by Side, you can split the iPad screen into as many as four windows that can be positioned and sized as needed. These windows can be used to view multiple websites, PDF’s or MS Word files. Or, any of the windows may be used for note-taking text editors. Text can be copied into a text editor from other open windows. Text-to-speech is available in any of the windows via Speak Selection.
Side by Side has its own browser for opening websites. PDF’s and text files can be opened into Side by Side from DropBox or from email attachments. Notes written in Side by Side can be emailed, saved into DropBox or opened into other apps on the iPad.
The image below gives an idea of what is possible with Side by Side. I suspect that there are countless learners who would benefit greatly by using this app in a great many learning activities.
There is a Side by Side Pro version of this app available for $1.99. I have purchased and installed the Pro version, but I have found the free version to be more than adequate.