How can I make my middle school child’s ‘digits’ math BIGGER?

Recently, at a Camp iPad for Parents session, we were asked “How can I make my child’s digits math application look bigger?

The answer from our district’s Math team is to use the iPad’s built-in Zoom feature.

  • digits is the math program used by all SVVSD middle school students except Erie and Longs Peak Middle Schools.


Zooming on the iPad

The font size of the digital homework problems can be difficult for some to see.  The zoom feature must be enabled on the iPad under “Settings,” then “General,” then “Accessibility.”  Make sure Window Zoom is selected under “Zoom Region.”


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Homework on the iPad

Now that my children are using iPads at school, I notice that they are having to do more school work online. They have to  access their teacher’s Schoology page for assignments, use the Internet to access textbooks, and they conduct online research or other work within the Google Apps. How am I supposed to know when they are actually doing homework?


Here are a few suggestions.


Wifi Cutoff Time

I started with rules and expectations regarding homework and devices. My children know that wifi access to their devices are cutoff at a specific time (example, 9:00PM for my middle schooler). That way any online access required they are forced to ask to use my device or the family device. And I also know they did not get it done. Some parents set up their routers to automatically shutoff at a certain time each night, those less tech savvy parents may just unplug a router when they go to bed.


Device Charging Area

My family also has rules regarding charging of the device. When the iPad needs charging it comes to a central location (kitchen) to charge. This puts the device in a central location for night time.


Flip-it or Let Me See It

My favorite rule is this. If I tell my children to Flip-it or Let Me See It they have to immediately show me the screen, No Clicking Allowed. If I suspect they hit close an app I take the device and double tap the home button (round button on the bottom of the screen) and it shows me all the open apps in order of the most recent opened. If they don’t flip or are off task they have consequences.


It was important to have a conversation with my children in order to explain and discuss the rules and expectations. I found that having that conversations provided my children an opportunity to feel heard. We discussed wifi times and varied the weekend times from the weekday times. They knew that if they did not flip their device when I asked it was immediately taken away. Setting clear expectations and consequences made this process much more manageable.

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Highlights from the September 17, 2015 Camp iPad for Parents Event

The first Camp iPad for Parents session was held on September 17th at Altona Middle School. Topics included teaching parents a few basic iPad operations, how to set parental restrictions, classroom visits,  and open discussions.

Parents in attendance described the event with the following words:

  • Awesome
  • Informative
  • Go! (as in, “just go to Camp iPad for Parents”)
  • Helpful
  • Empowering

We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming Camp iPad for Parents sessions. Register today!



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Infinite Campus Notifications

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Notifications with the Infinite Campus mobile apps allow users access to student information anytime, anywhere. You can set personal preferences for push notifications so you’re immediately notified about changes in attendance, grades and assignments.


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Viewing Information

Infinite Campus has created video tutorials the iOS app and for the android app.


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Would you like to learn more about the iPad?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

If you are new to the iPad or would like to learn a few iPad tips & tricks, you may want to check out Atomic Learning’s iPad courses.

Here’s how parents and guardians access the courses:

Here are two popular iPad courses:

iPad Getting Started training

iPad Tips and Tricks training

Also, remember to register for one of the Camp iPad for Parents sessions!



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