iPads in the Classroom

Elementary Grades

iPads in Education?

iPads in Education

  • Since their release in April of 2010, Apple’s iPads have taken the US by storm.
  • iPads have swept through almost every industry, especially education.
  • With these powerful mobile devices come a lot of possible benefits for educators and students alike
  • iPad technology in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning and comprehension. The interactivity it provides can make for a very engaging experience, definitely for elementary school aged students.

Goals & Objectives

  • Determining your iPad “APPtitude”

    • iPad Tips & Trick

  • Technology Integration

  • Setting Instructional Goals with the iPad
  • Locating and Evaluating the Best Apps
  • Some "favs" or Recommended Apps

  • Creating an "Apptivity"

  • Questions, Comments, & Evaluation

Are you iPad Savvy?

Are you familiar with all these features?

iPad Basics
  • The iPad can hold 25 apps per screen
  • The iPad mini can hold 20 apps per screen
  • You can group apps into folders - Each folder can hold 20 apps
  • The dock can hold 6 apps at a time
  • You can prevent in app purchases
  • To charge your devices faster, use airplane mode

Adding, Moving and Deleting Apps

  • iTunes Account
  • Moving Apps
  • Deleting Apps
  • Creating & Naming Folders

The Keyboard

  • Auto Correction Features
  • Shortcuts - Hidden Keys
  • Emoji Keyboard
  • Splitting the Keyboard

Gestures & more fun features....

  • A four finger swipe up or a double click to the home button shows apps still open
  • Four fingers scrolling left or right allows you to scroll through your open apps
  • To close apps that are open, swipe up; you can close two at a time
  • Snap (closed) all 5 fingers to return to the home screen
  • The spotlight search allow you to find apps, messages or emails quickly
  • When you delete apps, the remain in your iTunes account
  • Do you know how to copy, cut and paste?
  • Can you use Siri? or disable her?
  • WebClips, Bookmarks and Screenshots
  • Scrolling tips for web use

Accessibility Features

  • Speak Selection
  • Text Size
  • Screen Rotation
  • Guided Access: You can "lock" a user into a single app
  • Assistive Touch
  • Custom Gestures

Photos & Video

  • Camera Settings
  • Editing Pictures
  • Sharing Pictures & Videos
  • The Cloud/Photo streaming

Technology Integration

Technology Integration is the use of technology tools in general content areas in to allow students to apply technology skills to learning and problem-solving.

****The curriculum drives the use of technology and not vice versa.****

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It can be as easy as......

  • Incorporating the iPads during center activities

  • Students accessing a web link or web page

  • Watching an instructional video

  • Apps that allow students to create projects to show what they have learned

  • Or use Apps that practice a skill or set of skills…..

iPads in the Classroom

Technology Application K-8

    • Grades K-2

    • Grades 3-5

    • Grades 6-8

    • Grades 9-12

To meet the K-8 TEKS districts can:
    • Teach the Technology Applications TEKS in a computer lab setting

    • Integrate the Technology Applications TEKS into the core curriculum using the grade level strands listed above

SAMR Model of Technology Integration

SAMR in 2 minutes
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Planning for Instruction

Start Small -- Set Goals!

  • Elementary children have a very short learning curve for using apps and other technology resources.

  • Most apps are very intuitive

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. You do not have to be an expert

  • Most importantly, You are building “thinkers” with problem solving skills!

iPads do more than open Apps

Integration Ideas -ELAR

  • Guided reading/Listening Centers

  • Practice a set of skills (letters & sounds, sight words)

  • Spelling practice

  • Practice Fluency (recorded audio or purchased apps)

  • Create posters advertising books they love

  • Redesign a book jacket

  • Character Trading Cards

  • Create thinking maps

  • Create Character maps

  • Create their own storybooks

Reading Web Based Activities
  • Access activities from textbooks or other curriculum resources (http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/trophies/menu.html)

  • Explore author websites or literature sites

  • Websites related to the theme/topic of stories they're reading.

  • Use Sesame Street site to practice letters, sounds, numbers, rhymes, etc.

  • Check out Play Kids Games for alphabet fun.

  • Use Starfall or PBS's Between the Lions to help build basic reading skills

  • Access reading and language arts games at Gamequarium

  • Use iStation on the iPad

  • ABcya.com (apps also available)

Popular Author Websites

Writing/Language Arts

  • Create writing centers/literature response centers

  • Work on editing or grammar

  • Type, illustrate or animate poems or stories

  • Use drawing tools for brainstorming,Create graphic organizers, venn diagrams, etc

  • Practice writing, handwriting (stylus recommended)

  • Create comic strips or slides for a presentation

  • Make a storybook about a field trip, a topic they research,etc

  • Use as a tool for students to look up synonyms, definitions, example sentences for words they come across in literature groups, in their writing, or during other class activities.

  • Create picture books, flashcards and more!

Writing/Language Arts - Web Resources

Integration Ideas - Math

  • Make graphs from data

  • Write and/or illustrate story problems for their classmates to solve

  • Review skills

  • Have students create Math:storybooks, videos, etc demonstrating what they have learned

  • Khan Academy

  • Solve and create problems as collaborators

Web Based Math Activities

Integration ideas - Science

  • Websites to track live information

    • ex. weather (graph the weather over time), moon phases

  • Draw/illustrate/write about concepts (animals, habitats) they are studying

  • Locate resources, video clips, etc. for kids to read/watch and create extension activities for them to do with the information.

  • Research science concepts, scientists and create presentations on what is learned

Web-Based Science Resources

Finding the Educational Apps

Free iOS Apps

Did you know? Apple requires their developers to offer their apps for Free or For Sale at least once a year. Cool huh? The kicker: they do not have to notify us when the apps are free or on sale. So with that in mind, here are a few websites and apps to help you find those Free apps!

These sources provide timely information on app price reductions:

  • AppShopper.com and the AppShopper app provide many search options. I like thePopular Price Changes in Education page. You can limit that page to just iPhone or iPad apps. Education isn't the only app category with great apps for students, so you it might be worth checking out Popular Price Changes in All Categories. AppShopper is nice enough to provide web feeds for these price reduction lists.
  • Twitter users frequently share apps they have found on sale. Even if you don't have a Twitter account, you can search Twitter for #edapp free to see if there are any current deals.
  • iTunes lists Top Free Apps in Education (and top free apps for all other categories). Apps that are on sale often climb to the top of the Top Free Apps lists as users grab them before the price reverts back to paid.
  • FreeAppAlert tracks paid iPhone apps that just became free. You can get their alertsvia email if you'd like. Similarly there's Free App a Day, but it focuses mainly on games.

Resources for finding Free Apps

Apps Gone Free

I Like Free Apps


Free AppTracker

* If you are a member of TCEA and join their iPads in the Classroom community page, Lori Gracey provides a list of free apps daily. Membership is $40/year *

Current list of TCEA recommended iPad apps by category

The Hunt for the best Apps:

The iTunes store is full of apps, but if you have ever spent anytime searching through it, it can be confusing and frustrating.

This article explains the best way to muddle through the iTunes store.

Of course, you can always Google, but i prefer to use https://fnd.io/. You can sort by apps, categories, podcasts and more. Try it!

And last but not least, try Edshelf.com

Apps for Teachers

Productivity Apps

Screencasting Apps

  • Educreations

    • works like a recordable whiteboard

    • requires wifi

    • Teachers account allows collecting work and collaboration with campus users


Works like a whiteboard with a recording feature.

Create a teacher account and you can upload all student work.

Easy to use and create!

You can have your students creating masterpieces in almost no time!

Flip classroom instruction, create tutorials, or have student create their own presentations!

Whiteboards, Chalkboards or Drawing

Doodle Buddy


• Funny sounds paired with stamps are a blast!

• Doodle and stamp all over your own pictures

• Scribble inside fun stencils to draw perfect shapes.

• Text Tool with resizable text and four fonts

• Draw with other users on the same WiFi network

• Text chat back and forth with your drawing buddy


Make anything talk! It's true; just try it.
ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose - Make Anything Talk!

And some more favs.....

​​Tellagami​ - Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!

​Gabit - Talking Cartoon Creator Free - Design your character, record audio and animate. It's that easy!

Story Creation

Scribble My Story

Scribble My Story is a book and art creation platform where kids can imagine, create, and share what they make with their parents.What’s included in the Free version is 6 Story Packs with Audio, Stickers, and Backgrounds:

• All About Me

• If I were a Mermaid

• My Dino Book

• My Pet

• I can Fly

• My Vacation

• 1 Blank Book for freeform custom audio and illustration

Video Creation

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos.

Choose Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.


Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app's global storytelling network for kids.


30hands Mobile is a fun, innovative storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create narrated stories or presentations based on photos, images, drawings using an iPad, iPhone or iPod.

Content Apps - Reading/Language Arts


Pre-K - Kinder +

Kinder - 1st+

Kinder - 2

Reading Resources- Books

Book Apps

Reading Comprehension




  • iPrompt Pro (Free)

    • Disguise reading fluency in this fun teleprompter.

    • Provide a reason for students to read with expression and fluency when using i-Prompt for TV reporting, presenting, or giving speeches.

    • Students can write original scripts on i-Prompt or cut and paste in existing text.

    • The font size, color, and type are adjustable as is the background color of the screen.

    • This is app will offer a meaningful reason for students to develop reading fluency.

  • Or use an audio recording feature


Writing/Grammar Apps

Pre K - 1st

Grades 2 +

Grammar Apps

Content Apps - Math

iPad Appitivity

Click the following link to add your iPad apptivity.

I will post all of the Apptivities on the Instructional Technology Google Site

Karey Brown

Instructional Technology Specialist

Denton ISD

Proudly Serving : Bettye Myers Middle School, Olive Stephens Elementary, Pecan Creek Elementary and Cross Oaks Elementary