Inherent in the iPad’s operating system is the ability to use a gesture to zoom in on an area of the screen, i.e., using your thumb and index finger to pinch out.
When you wish to return the page to its normal size, just pinch in with your thumb and index finger. These handy gestures allows you to ‘re-read’ the page using enlarged symbols.
There are a variety of reasons why it is advantageous to zoom in to create enlarged symbols. The obvious, of course, might be to better enable children with visual impairments to see the symbols. An equally valuable reason, however, would be to help students with emerging symbol skills to better see the symbols in order to derive meaning, especially when you occasionally add commentary as to why that symbol is representative of that concept.
Regardless of your reason for using this ‘pinch out, to zoom in’ feature, it is a great tool to add to your ‘therapy tool box’.
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© 2015 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.