A Beginner’s Guide to Coding with iPads for K-6

Beverley Babbage
Creative integration of ICT
A beginner’s introduction to coding and robotics in the classroom for K-6 teachers using easy-to-use iPad apps. Imagine the fun and learning it could bring to your clas...
Target Audience
Primary teachers who already use iPads in their teaching and want to develop and encourage coding and programming skills with Mathematics, Technology and Science.

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Teachers will be introduced to the basics of programming and coding and will be shown several apps that explore coding skills in a fun and engaging way that are aimed at Primary aged students. Coding is considered to be an increasingly important skill for students in the 21st Century learning environment that many will need in future employment. Students learn mathematical and computational skills, engage in problem-solving, logical thinking, sequencing, design skills, collaboration and communication.
Would suit all subject areas and all stages but links with Mathematics, Technology and Science.
This course will suit teachers who already use ICT in the classroom but are looking for new and engaging strategies, and who have an understanding of using ICT. Teachers should bring along an iPad to the course so they can experience and experiment with the apps in a hands-on environment. Some strategies will work on other computer and tablet platforms.
This course is an introduction to coding, not an introduction to the iPad. It assumes some prior knowledge in knowing how to use an iPad and apps but will also be useful to teachers who want to learn about coding themselves.


Primary teachers who already use iPads in their teaching and want to develop and encourage coding and programming skills with Mathematics, Technology and Science.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Teaching about use of iPads with a lot of hands on time to experiment and try apps to learn about coding

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Introduction and overview

30 minutes

What is ‘code’? - definitions of coding and programming
Why code in schools? - the benefits, skills learned, STEM, STEAM, computational thinking
Coding languages and the fundamentals of programming

Puzzle-style apps

30 minutes

Demonstration of some puzzle-style apps using game mechanics for engagement but which teach skills of reasoning, planning, procedures, logic and efficiency that are a good introduction to the concepts of coding.
Experimenting with and using these apps

Simple Basics for younger students

30 minutes

Demonstration of apps that are mostly visual-based and can teach the concepts of programming to younger students (K-3) with fun apps, introducing simple coding language.
Experimenting with apps to understand how they work and consider how they can be used in teaching.

Drag and Drop Coding apps

1 hour

Demonstration of apps where students can start creating animations and simple games with drag and drop interface that are engaging, while teaching more complex coding language and ideas.
Experimentation with apps and creating some simple codes with step-by-step instructions that can be linked with mathematics lessons and other curriculum areas.

Text-based apps and web-based resources

30 minutes

Demonstration of apps and web-based resources for older students that teach text and actual code.
Some web-based resources shown will be for computers rather than iPads, so teachers are aware of what other resources are available.


1 hour

Demonstration of robotics that work with iPad apps, examples may include Lego Mindstorms EV3 and Sphero SPRK. Teachers will be given the opportunity to interact with robots and see how the coding links with robotics and reflect on how it can be used in the classroom.

Lesson ideas and more hands-on time with apps

1 hour

Discussion on lesson ideas and possibilities – how to integrate coding into lessons across many curriculum areas such as mathematics, science, art, music etc.
Teachers will be shown how and where to access lesson plans and resources that come with apps or are available online
Sharing of lesson ideas
More hands-on time to create with apps
Reflection and evaluation

What To Bring

iPads with suggested apps and wifi capability. Most apps will be free, some optional apps may be paid.

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About the team

Beverley Babbage


I am passionate about teaching and strive to be creative and innovative to keep students engaged and challenged. I am enthusiastic about teaching with technology, not just using it as a substitution, but to use it to make real advances in education. I enjoy helping and inspiring other teachers to embrace technology by showing them what I do in the classroom and collaborating to help them integrate it into their own teaching.
My main passion with technology is with iPads, and as I have managed these myself, I understand the management issues and how solutions need to be found to deal with network restrictions, and sharing and submitting of work. This can be particularly problematic with music and composition.
In addition to specialising in Music, I also present courses on using the iPad in all CAPA subjects (Music, Art and Drama), cross-curricular apps that can be used in all subject areas and also beginner coding and programming for K-6 students with an introduction to robotics. I demonstrate how to integrate these apps and resources into lesson for creative teaching and learning.