iPads in the Primary Classroom

Karina Barley
Taking education into the 21st Century
Explores how the iPad works. Looks at the huge realm of applications and how they link to the new Australian Curriculum. Aimed at primary and special education teachers...
Target Audience
This course is suitable for teachers and Support workers in Primary and Special Education.
13 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

There is a lot of press about the iPad and how this technology can make a difference to the classroom. Its design, functionality and capabilities certainly offer lots of possibilities for the education arena, however how effective is the iPad really as a teaching tool?

This course explores how the iPad works and looks at the huge realm of applications; & how they link to the new “Australian Curriculum” and provides opportunities for teachers to:

Learn how iPads work and hidden uses of the iPad.
Understand how applications can reflect curriculum & 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.
This iPad course is different to any other as it demonstrates how using the iPad and applications can be implemented into the Australian Curriculum; and then links to classroom content through providing opportunities for practical lesson design and content.


This course is suitable for teachers and Support workers in Primary and Special Education.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have 4 weeks to complete the course and can do at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact either admin@tta.edu.au or Karen Barley and we will do anything we can to assist you.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
10/05/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
23/08/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
08/11/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Introduction & Overview

30 minutes

Brief outline of benefits of iPads, outcomes & possibilities in the Primary classroom.

Forum Question

iPad functions & short cuts

45 minutes

Applications – finding your purchased applications/troubleshooting problems/searching for applications.
Transferring photos – how this relates to assessment?
Screen shots – use for keeping records.
Applications – General overview, including screenshots, demonstration & video.

iPad applications

1 hour

Productivity Applications – including Pages,Keynote demonstration.
Screencasting apps & their use in the classroom.

Applications, Video & opportunities to explore the apps.

Augmented Reality Apps

45 minutes

What is Augmented Reality?
How is this useful in the Classroom?

Using QR Codes in the Classroom

Creative Apps

1 hour

Looking at Creativity Apps for the Primary Classroom
Grafio for Mindmapping

Literacy Applications

1 hour

We explore a variety of apps in the Literacy arena including:
Montessorium Apps
School Writing & Literacy App by Demografix

Numeracy Applications

1 hour

We explore a variety of applications in the Numeracy arena including:
Montessorium Apps
Montessori Apps
Number Lines
Math Magic
Jungle Apps
Bugs & Buttons
Little Monkey Apps
Numbers League

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Pauline Orr on 10/04/2017

I recently completed the iPads in the classroom course. It was a great course and now feel much more equipped to use iPads in the classroom. Before this course I was not aware of many of these apps and the best way of using this technology effectively. I would recommend it to other teachers and parents of children of in primary school today, as it is a good course for people with a bit of technical knowledge.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Raquel Murphy on 09/01/2015

Karina Barley’s iPads in the Primary classroom was a well developed and engaging course. Extremely insightful and practical. The apps mentioned throughout were all revenant and the links connecting to YouTube for further instructions on how to use the apps was very beneficial. I loved that the research of which apps to use had already been done by Karina as this becomes overwhelming at times to sift through which ones to use. This course is set out in clearly identified modules which you can return to at any time. Karina gave timely advice, positive comments and quickly answered my email concern.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Caitlin Schaepman on 18/12/2014

I have never done an online course before. It was really good to be able to complete it in my own time. Karina was very quick to reply to any comments or queries I had.

iPads in the Primary Classroom

The course was extremely motivating. I learnt so many skills and strategies for use in the classroom that I had been missing out on. I feel I am definitely a more up to date and productive educator now.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Alexis Tripet on 18/12/2014

As someone who has not used an iPad extensively or in the classroom, I found the course extremely helpful. The choice of apps were wide ranging and well suited for classroom use, the explanations were clear. I gained enough confidence to apply for a job in a iPad classroom which I was offered and will be putting into practice what I learned.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Ashleigh Ritchie on 04/11/2014

I found this to be an interesting course that gave me the opportunity to explore many different apps that could easily be used in the classroom. As I use Samsung tablets in my classroom, Karen provided me with a list of apps that I could use in future, which was greatly appreciated.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Zachary Campbell on 20/10/2014

A great course! I found the comprehensive coverage of new apps and how to use them very useful. Having taught with one to one iPads for a year now in our own iPad trial at my school, many of the apps I had already seen and used. But the course content in its entirety would be ideal for someone yet to start using and teaching with iPads. I found my core list of apps by trial and error, where this course would have set this out for me quickly and easily saving me plenty of time. I would certainly recommend this course to others who are about to start teaching with iPads.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Travis Cartwright on 15/10/2014

This was my first time completing Professional Development online. I found the experience to be very good. As I am from a regional area, accessing PD is more difficult as travel costs and time need to be factored when finding appropriate PD.

Overall I found the course to be engaging as I was using my iPad during the course. Feedback and comments were usually responded to within a day.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Ann Hawker on 15/10/2014

I really enjoyed this course as it challenged my thinking and understanding of education. I liked the fact that there was lots of apps that were practical for all learning areas of the curriculum to cater for the diverse student population. It has extended my knowledge and skills, whilst being easy to follow and understand.

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.