iPad Integration

for Rosa Parks Elementary

How many iPads do you have? One? Five? Thirty? It really doesn't matter HOW many...It's HOW YOU use them.

Possible Configurations:

  • Whole Class - The teacher uses the iPad to display content on a projector for the whole class. Consider AirServer ($12) or an Apple TV ($99).
  • Stations - My personal favorite for the elementary classroom! Attach a task for small groups to complete at a station.
  • Pass Around -This strategy can be useful for some collaborative tasks.
  • Small Groups - Working in 2s, 3s, or 4s on some kind of collaborative group work.
  • 1:1

iPad Poster

Why use iPads in YOUR classroom?

  • critical-thinking
  • creativity
  • collaboration
  • student-centric learning environments.
  • Pedagogy before Technology



Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (called Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more! This is a free tool right now but is in Beta. There are no age restrictions.

Let's Play!

Let's Play!

On your iPad, open Safari. Navigate to Kahoot.it. Watch closely for the directions on this screen which will be coming very soon...


Thinglink allows you to turn a picture into an interactive experience! Teachers can set up an education account for free and give students a log in.

Students can create a Thinglink to show their understanding for any Common Core or Essential Standard. Teachers can have a rubric setting the expectation for what they want in the Thinglink. For example you could require, two text boxes, a link and a video. Or you can set the expectation that the student must show mastery of a standard, and the student has a little more freedom to determine what that looks like. Having the students creating Thinglinks lets them use all their 21st century skills of critical thinking, creating, communicating and collaborating (if they work with a partner).

Thinglink Examples

Let's Play!

Take a picture of the image below to create your own Thinglink! You may also either draw this image using Glow Draw OR locate an image from the Internet. Make sure to cite your source!

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The Tellagami App is free and is available for iOS or Android. By combining photos, voice, character customization and personality on a mobile platform, you can communicate in a way that's never been possible. Simple and easy for students and teachers to use to tell a story, create a report, or talk about their family. Creates an MP4 video.

Consider the Tellagami Edu App $4.99

Tellagami App


This is a great interactive whiteboard that is very kid friendly!!! Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It.

Touch RECORD to capture your touch interactions and audio instructions on a plain white background or an image from your iPad camera roll. SKETCH out your ideas and talk the viewer through the "how" and "why" of it all. Stop and SHARE your video to ScreenChomp.com to generate a simple web link you can paste anywhere.

Parent permission requested.

What is ScreenChomp?

What is ScreenChomp? The iPad app to Record. Sketch. Share!

ScreenChomp Examples

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard


ChatterPix is a free and intuitive iPad app that students can use to turn any picture into a talking picture. Just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from the camera roll. Use your finger to draw a line for the mouth and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Recordings can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. Finished Chatter Pix projects are saved to the camera roll and from there can be exported to a number of services including YouTube. (I use a private one!)

ChatterPix Kids doesn’t require students to create an account in order to use the service. Using the app could be a great way to get students to bring simple stories to life.

Parent permission is not needed with teacher account.

ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose - Make Anything Talk!

Chatterpix Examples

Made with ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose
Made with ChatterPix by Duck Duck Moose

Let's Play!

Take a photo of a nearby book cover. Give a 30 second book talk.


Similar to costly classroom response clickers, Plickers provides teachers with quick and timely feedback on classroom instruction without the cost. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your smartphone to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Students choose A, B, C, or D by rotating their cards, and you can scan multiple students at once. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.

Let's Play!

Get your Plicker card ready! Notice each side is unique and has an A, B, C or D on the top. Find the letter that corresponds to the answer of the following question...

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A photo collage app that can be used to extend any activity! Use the school enabled features to guarantee student privacy.

PicCollage Examples

Let's Play!


Socrative Website

Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners. Under 13 may use with the permission of an adult or supervision of a teacher.

Let's Play! Open Socrative Student App. Room #41956

For Teachers - Additional Apps & Activities:

Common Core App

  1. No more squabbles: Use Stick Pick to help kids take turns.
  2. Too Noisy lets students know if they are being too loud.
  3. Kids who show good behavior in Class Dojo can earn iPad time.
  4. Tick-tock: Classroom Timer counts down to the next activity.
  5. Set up an easy listening station with Audiobooks from Audible.
  6. Try writing collaborative class stories using Storybook Maker.
  7. Accelerated Reader quizzes are more fun when taken on the iPad!
  8. Invite kids to take turns sharing the Random Fact of the Day.
  9. Skype encourages collaboration across the school/country/world with other students and experts in the field of study. The mobility of the iPad allows individuals to enter the conversation or join together to contribute to discussion.
  10. Use a projector and Google Earth to take virtual field trips.
  11. Track reading progress with Running Records Calculator.
  12. Give struggling students a virtual tutor with HMH Math on the Spot.
  13. Do independent research using Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  14. Study both geography and weather patterns with WunderMap.
  15. Study time! Kids will love the interactive Flashcards+.
  16. Finally: The Scoreboard tracks smilies or frownies for good behavior!

Lesson Integration Ideas

  • Use the iPad to differentiate. Extend your more able learners, or give your struggling learners more reinforcement. Just be sure to use it for all students, and not just the "smart" ones.
  • Schedule 1 on 1 time for students with the iPad. Shared time helps get everyone involved, but as with real life, 1 on 1 time is important too. You could even break out the digital timers here.
  • Use the iPad as a Listening Center or as part of your free reading time. There are many good, free books in the iBooks Store that could be used in your classroom during this time. Many have read aloud audio.
  • Find apps suitable for small group instruction. You as the teacher can lead the small group, demonstrate the skill with the app, and involve students in the learning process.
  • Project your iPad. Use Apple TV, Reflection or AirServer to project your iPad on the big screen for the whole class to see. Teach from the iPad. Have students take turns to interact with it like you would with an Interactive Whiteboard.
  • Work on Collaborative Stories. Several students can work on a story at one time, so you don't need one iPad for every student in this kind of scenario, if everybody plays nice and takes their turn. Assign roles and rotate students through them.
  • Make fluency assessments - Record students reading with an audio app, or with the built-in video camera, and let them hear themselves back. Pair them as reading buddies and let them do their own versions of Dibels, recording each other's mistakes as they read and reread the same passage.
  • Give student assessments - Give student assessments with Socrative, InfuseLearning.com, or the Accelerated Reader app if you use that. Assessments can be done on an individual basis and scores are recorded for the teacher.
  • Make rubrics in Google Forms so the teacher can keep running records of students they conference with or work 1:1 with for reading or other activities. Have multiple forms open in tabs, one for each student, or use Class Dojo!
  • Create a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. Have students complete the hunt in small groups, taking turn to scan the QR code and search for the information. Try it for free here.
  • Screencast! Use apps like Educreations, ShowMe or Doceri to record screencasts of group projects, science investigations, math concepts, and more.
  • Create Movie Trailers with iMovie - A great collaborative experience where students get to plan, act, and shoot their own movie trailer! Link to stories in Language Arts, historical events in Social Studies, school events, field trips, etc.
  • Scan Text/Worksheets - Use the camera or a scanner app to capture text from a book, worksheet or self created graphic organizer and write on or annotate it in Skitch.