iPads - Evidence Based Practice and Effective Use

Karina Barley (PhD)
Taking education into the 21st Century
Using iPads effectively requires planning and strategies based on evidence based practice. This course explores how you can implement the iPad into your classroom effec...
Target Audience
All educators interested in implementing technology (especially iPads) into their classroom.

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Ten years ago I implemented the first generation iPads into my classroom. This evolved into a journey of whole class use; individualisation; and then sharing that experience with other educators. I wrote my first iPad course in 2011 and nine years on, it’s worth re-examining the use of iPads in the classroom. iPads, (or any other tool for that matter) is NOT meant to replace GOOD teaching and evidence based practice; so this course looks at what the research is saying; what is evidence based practice; and provides strategies for appropriate use. This course will refer to apps but the focus will be on effective educational use of the device rather than an examination of a range of apps.


All educators interested in implementing technology (especially iPads) into their classroom.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

24/7 course access


- If you have a TTA subscription or membership please ignore the pricing when enrolling. Rest assured if your school has a subscription you will not be charged and for Memberships, your invoice will be adjusted accordingly to reflect your discount.

- If you have no subscription or membership but you are interested in placing a bulk discounted order for a team of teachers see the ONLINE TEAM tab above.

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- Money-Back Guarantee – If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren’t impressed, simply visit tta.edu/go/refund to let us know what happened, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.

Participants will get the most out of the course if you have access to an iPad. Some apps will be referred to but the focus will be on using the iPad effectively.

Teaching Standards
2.6.2 Proficient Level – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

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

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit NESA website for more details.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


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Module One: Then & Now

1 hour and 30 minutes

iPads ten years on
What have we learned?
The future – Where to now?
Creating balance – What is Screentime?
A Premise for Improving Education Using Technology

Module Two: Looking at Theory & Equity Issues

1 hour and 30 minutes

What are the theoretical underpinnings of technology use in education?
The Technology Integration Matrix
Bloom’s Digital Technology
Overcoming issues of equity and barriers

Module Three: Using Technology Effectively in the Classroom

1 hour and 30 minutes

How can Technology be used Effectively in the Classroom?
What are the best evidence based strategies?

Module Four: Using the iPad in an Inclusive Classroom

1 hour and 30 minutes

Using the iPad in an inclusive and differentiated classroom?
The value of technology for the diverse learner?
Bridging the communication gap for diverse learners, including those with disabilities, EAL learners, etc.
Meaningful & Fun Ways to Use Technology for Teaching & Learning

Module Five: Assessment & Reporting

1 hour and 30 minutes

Using the iPad to demonstrate learning and understanding
Assessment & Reporting.

Activities & Feedback

30 minutes

There are various activities throughout the modules so that you can reflect on your learning during this course.

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About the team

Karina Barley (PhD)


Dr. Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 30 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 completed her PHD in 2019 and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.