Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom

Karina Barley
Taking education into the 21st Century
Explores the various iPad applications that can be used in Secondary English to improve teaching. Appreciate the benefits for students as a motivation tool.
Target Audience
Secondary English or Literature teachers. May also be appropriate for Upper Primary teachers.
12 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

There has been a lot of press about the iPad and how this technology can make a difference to teaching & the classroom. Its design, functionality and capabilities certainly offer lots of possibilities for the education arena & has been proposed as a 21st Century learning tool. How can the iPad improve outcomes in the Secondary English Classroom?

This course explores the various applications that can be used in Secondary English and provides opportunities for teachers to:

Be exposed to a variety of applications in the English subject area that can improve teaching and bring your classroom into the 21st Century.
Understand how applications can reflect curriculum and learning outcomes.
Learn how to incorporate iPads into your daily lesson plans.
Develop the use of iPad applications as an assessment tool.
Appreciate the benefits for students as a motivation tool.


Secondary English or Literature teachers. May also be appropriate for Upper Primary teachers.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
4.5.2 Proficient Level – Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you


Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2 & 4.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


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Welcome & Overview

1 hour

Brief PowerPoint outlining benefits of iPads, outcomes & possibilities in the English classroom.

Explore productivity apps like Keynote, Strip Designer, doCAS, etc.

- includes screenshots, demonstration & video

Apps for spelling & reading

1 hour and 40 minutes

Overview of Spellboard, Sight Words pro etc. Using these apps to expand and develop technical skills in English as well as integrating technology into the English Curriculum.

Applications – Reading apps – iBooks, individual books, and book libraries. How can the iPad inspire reading?

Comics, magazines, newspapers & other e-resources to inspire reading.

-includes screenshots, demonstration & video

Applications for Writing

1 hour

Explores a variety of writing apps that inspire & motivate students to ‘want’ to write.

Keynote, Pages, Strip Designer, Creative Book Builder, Grafio, Tools4Students, ReadnRespond, iHomework, Ideas for Writing etc.

Demonstrations, Video & Examples

Applications for Speaking & Listening

1 hour

Exploring apps that develop Speaking & Listening skills:
Podcaster HD, Aurasma, Explain Everything, Show Me, Knowmia Teach, Educreation, Sound Note, Explain a Website, iMovie

-includes screenshots, demonstration & video

Applications for Poetry & Literature

1 hour

Exploring applications to utilize in poetry and literature lessons.

Apps explored: Essay Writing Guide, Ideas for Writing, Sling Note, SimpleNEasy App – Learn English, Grammar Up, Poetry Creator, Poet’s Pad, Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Bits


20 minutes

Final thoughts & tying in with Curriculum.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Banu Woods on 24/07/2017

Relevant discussions and content that is easily applicable to the secondary English classroom.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Elyse O'Connor on 17/01/2017
Was informative in regards to different types of apps. However not much information of how to use Ipads effectively.
Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Angela Kendirjian on 02/02/2016

I discovered so many useful applications that were engaging for students in the secondary classroom. It allowed me to embrace technology and become more confident with the use of devices. The convenor always replied promptly and the open learning site was easy to navigate.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom

I found this course to be very informative and engaging. I highly recommend it.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Rebecca Atkins on 22/09/2015

A useful course that provided me with some strategies and ideas for using different apps in my BYOD classroom.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Jessica Jones on 23/08/2015

I found the course very informative. It offered valuable tools that I was previously unaware of. The information attached to each activity offered insight into why technology is worthwhile with the current student, whilst offering ways for implementation. It has successfully opened the door for implementing ICT into the classroom.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Stacey Lynch on 18/12/2014

Administrator of the course was very efficient and replied almost instantly. Some great ideas for use of Apps in the classroom.

Using iPads in the Secondary English Classroom
by Liz Surridge on 15/12/2014

Very useful range of apps explained, although some were primary style. I would like to see the costing/ in app purchase breakdown in the course content as many were prohibitive, and it is useful to gauge the overall costs before choosing which to install. A lot of time was wasted installing and then finding you had to purchase before you could do anything meaningful and really judge the value of the product. Perhaps a shared “review” section might be useful to quickly check what other teachers had found out about the app. There were so many apps and ideas to investigate that the hours credited could be increased. Some only run on different systems / updates and that is difficult to manage but some could be alerted to. I really learned a lot from this course.

About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.