iPads in the Primary Classroom

Karina Barley (PhD)
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.
28 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

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.

- For more details on our Unlimited Online Subscription packages Click here .

- 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.

Teaching Standards

1.1.2 Proficient Level – Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
4.5.2 Proficient Level – Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

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.


There are no occurrences of 2. Online in Australia (ACT) at this time.


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

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

Relevant, good quality

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

It helped guide me towards current apps to use in the classroom and provided examples on how to use them.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

Content was aligned with the standards and presented in a engaging and effective way. It was relevant to all ages of education.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

I enjoyed the course, many examples are given of apps that can be used in the classroom that are interesting and relevant.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

Very useful content. There were apps mentioned that I had never heard of. I have downloaded some of the cheaper app and can already see myself utilising them in the classroom.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

The quality was reasonable although I think some of the links for the course were a bit old ( i.e. 4 to 5 years). In the technological field, this is quite old.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley


iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

The courses provided various apps that could be used in the classroom for Literacy. However, there weren’t many for numeracy. I thought that there would be more apps for teachers to use to help with assessment. But I do love the app KeptMe as I feel like I could use it to record notes and collect work samples.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

The materials and resources included within the course was of a high standard. I gained so much knowledge and learnt about many apps which I will definitely use when teaching.

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

Great links to useful apps in the classroom

iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley


iPads in the Primary Classroom - Karina Barley

The list of IPAD apps for each area of need is beneficial, however this course needs to be updated as there were some aspects of IPAD apps that has not worked or needs to be updated due to its developer not updating. There was a conflict between the rating of some apps by developers and reviews by users.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Darren Lester on 04/12/2017

The course was very good and has really given me some great ideas and options for my classroom. I am sorry I couldn’t complete the one task as I didnt have the app.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Cara Twomey on 04/12/2017

I found this course really helpful in building my confidence to use iPads in the classroom more creatively. This course helped me focus my thinking and fine tune my goals for what I wanted myself and my students to achieve in the classroom using these devices.

I have a new range of apps to add to the learning experiences for students. I have seen first hand how engaged the class are when working purposefully on the iPads.

iPads in the Primary Classroom
by Christopher Clapp on 04/09/2017

An amazing course. The breadth and depth of the uses of the IPad in the classroom was phenomenal. I felt confident in the presenter, her insights, and delivery-you can tell that Karina is extremely adept in her knowledge. Many of the Core Apps that were presented I was familiar with and use myself but most were completely new to me and I learned a lot from Karina. Her tutorials, links, annotations and activities cemented my abilities and developed my confidence to use these apps. I enjoyed the activities that enabled me to brainstorm uses for the apps that will be relevant to my students development and will allow me to develop more engaging units of work. I felt supported by Karina and the online community of participants who assisted me in developing lessons with apps I probably would not have engaged with on my own accord-especially the screencasting apps-I am glad I did though.

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.

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.