Ipads in the classroom

One of my favourite blogs to read on ipads in the classroom is Mr P’s ICT Blog – ipads in the classroom.  I am always inspired as to how he makes learning fun with the use of ipads and I follow the apps he is using rather than trailing through the thousands of apps that are now available.  In his recent post, he gives these 12  ipad lessons for Christmas – all of which can be used across the curriculum, adapting them to suit learner needs and ages.

One suggestion is to use the emoji keyboard on the ipad  to write a story or song, a fun engaging activity for all ages.  How to set your keyboard to use emoji and ideas for use in the classroom.


Ipad Tutorials for Teachers

There are so many apps available for education –  it can be overwhelming and maybe a bit daunting on where to start.  A great new site I came across today which I would like to share is Educational iPad apps and free ipad teacher tutorials. Paul has put some great short tutorials together with  ideas on how to use ipads in learning – a great way to get started using them in the classroom.

National Film Board App

I was amazed when I came across the National Film Board app it has a huge library of  documentaries, animations, alternative dramas and interactive productions on the net.   also has  playlists and upcoming online releases. All resources are free for personal use and  schools and institutions can apply for a subscription.  Alternatively you can access the resources on the internet.

Apps for Ipad

Education is becoming more and more exciting as a result of new technologies. Computers continue to revolutionize education and anyone who has seen what is available in the way of educational apps is sure to agree that it really is a great time to be a student!  There are numerous apps for education and it can be a little overwhelming in deciding how to find them and what to use.  There are many apps to support special needs learning as well as literacy, numeracy, languages, social skills and so on.  I must say, that there seems to be an incredible number of apps for younger learners.   After that, although there may be apps to support learning (such as text to speech), I am seeing a lack of resources for older students with learning difficulties.  No doubt the market will continue to evolve.  Below I’ve listed some of my favourite places to find educational apps.

Special Needs Apps for Kids (SNAPPS) is an amazing site made up of a community of parents, teachers, doctors and therapists sharing information on how they are using apps with special needs kids. This is an easy to navigate site drop down menus to enable search for specific needs.

Special needs apps for kids


 Smart Apps for Kids  Lots of apps on here are free for trial – usually for a limited time – usually an hour or two.  A great way to look at apps before purchasing.  Most of them do seem to be for younger children.

Appitic: This is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) for teaching and learning.  The site is easy to navigate and is extremely well organised under key learning areas as well as categories for Blooms Taxonomy and Multiple Intelligences.

Apps for children with special needs: alphabetical listing and information about all suitable apps

Ipad curriculum: is a great site which will enable a search for suitable app via subject, grade level, price and Blooms Taxonomy. A comprehensive review is given for each app.

Apps in Education: apps categorized under KLAs with great reviews.

Apps for literacy support Spectronics comprehensive list of apps to support literacy.

Ipad and Ipod resources for education: comprehensive listing of apps according to subject area.

Spectronics apps for education: Spectronics blog of Australian, NZ and many others.

Ipads for learning: Apps categorised into subjects for easy searching.

Gerry Kennedy, Spectronics, Ipads in SEN, is an excellent read with tips and ideas for using ipads in special education.

Stories alive

Moonbot studio has created the coolest e-book (ipad app) with their vision of futuristic books and stories: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99).   With 30 awards for this creation,  the app is a mixture of animation, film and reading that come alive (touch the screen as you turn the pages).  With several other projects in the making by Moonbot, they sure are  leading the way in e-books of the 21st century.   Also included with the app is a video story of the book and a video of how the book was made.   In an age where reading hard copies of books is lessening, this story reawakens the value of books and story telling.  A superb literacy app for reluctant readers of all ages, which captures, entertains and enthralls throughout.  I can’t wait for future releases.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

Another of my favourite e-books (for older readers) is Byooks The Adventure of the Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes) ($1.99) which again uses animation to bring the story alive by incorporating pictures, animation and sound. As the pages are turned, the reader’s immersion is heightened with graphic enhancements.  With text-to-speech embedded, the story can be enjoyed by older readers to  experience the enjoyment of story-telling.  Byooks have also released another e-book, Little Fear which is free!