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Aleks –> what to do when it doesn’t work on your iPad

When Aleks refuses to work, here are some things to check.

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Aleks provides a “check your setup” screen to help in checking these settings.  Click on the link below to have Aleks review your settings.

You WILL NEED to click on the RED button found at the bottom of this screen to complete the check of your iPad.

BOTTOM LINE – all circles should be GREEN, including the pop-ups.  Alex will not run correctly with any red circles with x’s in them.


Error with CACHE

  • Go to the home screen.
  • Click on the settings icon.
  • On the left side, scroll down and find SAFARI (about halfway down) and click on this setting.
  • On the right side, scroll down and find “Clear History and Website Data” and click on this setting.
  • (Initially the text in this setting will be blue in color, after you click on it, it will turn gray)

Error with POP-UPS

  • Go to the home screen.
  • Click on the settings icon.
  • On the left side, scroll down and find SAFARI (about halfway down) and click on this setting.
  • On the right side, scroll down and find Block Pop-ups – make sure the button to the right is gray.


  • Logout out of Aleks. 
  • Double click on the home button and swipe out of all open apps (INCLUDING ALEKS). 
  • Press and hold the hibernation button (upper right) until the “slide to power off” screen appears.
  • Swipe to power off.
  • Wait 5-8 seconds.
  • Turn on iPad – press and hold the hibernation button until you see the Apple logo. 
  • Enter your passcode to move to the home screen. 
  • Load ALEKS to start again!

ALEKS is not working on my iPad

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What to do if ALEKS is misbehaving on your iPad

If ALEKS is not working on your iPad, here are some things to check.

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Are you on the network? Trying visiting a website you haven’t been to in a month, or one you’ve never visited [, for example].

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Make sure you are on the CORRECT network: MDS-student for upper school, MDS-middle for middle school.

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Have you tried using a different browser? You have three to choose from [Safari, Chrome, Firefox are all installed on your iPad. DuckDuckGo and Brave are also available on the App portal].

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Have you done the iPad Reboot Dance in the last week? If not, do it.

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Visit the ALEKS troubleshooting site. Run the diagnostics by clicking the button.

Typically Popups are blocked on the iPad. If the ALEKS troubleshooting site indicates that your popups are blocked, see these articles that tell you how to allow popups.

Notability – What **ELSE** can you do?


Click the links in each section for more details.

You’ll be surprised at what Notability can do…. that you didn’t know about!

Create Perfect Shapes

Draw any shape and hold the ink for a moment; watch as the shape snaps perfectly into place. You can also erase perfect shapes! Try this: Draw a circle, hold the ink down, then erase a circle from the center. Wa-la you’ve made a donut. Now add sprinkles!

Listen to Audio at the right pace

Adjust audio playback speed for your listening style. Audio speed options are: 0.7x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x.

Find ANYTHING in your notes

Search your handwriting (and convert it to text)*, typed text, pdf text, image text, and note titles.

Scan paper documents to import

It’s easy to scan and digitize your paper documents into PDFs or images by simply snapping a photo! Text in scanned documents and images is also searchable!

Import GIFS, photos, and more

Simply drag and drop GIFs, photos, and web clips from other applications like Safari or easily add media from the Notability note view.

Create Custom Colors

Use the color picker to find and save your perfect shades and create your ink palette (you can save up to 32 custom colors).

Edit Audio Recordings

Trim, merge, split, reorder and rename audio recordings. Fine-tune audio by adjusting equalizer in playback mode or Voice Boost. Voice Boost allows you to amplify distant voices that may otherwise sound muffled.

Use Presentation mode

Present a note on an external display in full-screen without any distracting toolbars and menus, and use all of Notability’s tools to interact with your audience. There’s even a laser pointer! Pro tip: Use Multi-Note while in Presentation Mode to view an additional note that remains hidden from the audience.

Multitask with MultiNote

Open and work on two notes at once. Simply drag and drop a note from the Note Switcher into the note editing area to view two notes side by side. You can drag the middle spacer to adjust the note size.

Take notes alongside another app

When Notability is open, drag and drop another app from the iPad dock onto the screen to view both apps side by side.