iPads for Education

iPads for Education

33 Useful Resources

I’ve just been reading a useful document on iPads for Education by Tim Rudd, which he has kindly allowed me to share with you. Tim used to be at Futurelab but now heads up his own research, development and innovation organisation – Livelab

You can download the document here and share it with anyone who might find it helpful.

iPad in Education?

Site considering the potential use of iPads in Education, written by Ian Wilson, a freelance Apple Distinguished Educator. A great source for information, articles,  resources and discussion around the use of iPads in education.


See also: www.ianwilson.biz


An independent Facebook community providing information, reviews and resources relating to the use of mobile apps for education. http://www.facebook.com/#!/AppsSchool?v=wall

App Store

As well as searching Apple’s official store in search of information on apps http://www.apple.com/ipad, there is also an App Store Facebook page, where you can find more information about new apps, and where the community shares thoughts and offers recommendations.


iEducation apps review

Informative site with community reviews of education related apps for the iPads and other devices, attempting to establish a comprehensive repository of resources and information.


iPads 4 Education

Exploring iPads for Education – There’s an App for that! ‘Ning’ network of largely US based practitioners and others utilising iPads in education (limits on membership). Offers links, examples, videos and a discussion forum relating to the use of iPads.


iPads in the Classroom

Sam Thompson’s own site discussing the use of iPads in the classroom with a range of resources, reviews, examples and links.



Site focussing on the use of apps and offering links, resources and so forth. For example, certainly worth looking at Joshua Johnson’s interesting ‘100 incredibly useful and free iPad apps’, which reviews some of the most interesting new apps


iPad Literacy Project Forum – Julian Coultas

Looks at some of the key features and learning aspects of the iPad, offers links and resources and discusses ongoing projects, linking to an iPad Literacy Forum.


iLearning Conference 2011

March 21st, Oldham CLC. Forthcoming conference for practitioners using iPads, iPods and iPhones in education.


Teach with your iPad (Nathan Stevens)

A wikispace exploring the educational utility of iPads. Lots of links and practical examples of apps for use in particular subject areas and for various teaching tasks.


iPad Academy: iPads in Higher Education

Site focused on the utilization of iPads in Higher Education. Offers tips, examples, articles, tutorials and links to other resources, individuals and communities.


Learning Without Frontiers (LWF)

A network and community focussing on the use handheld devices. They host a UK conference each year, as well as other national and international events, posting many of the presentations online. This year’s conference, the LWF Festival, was held in London between January 9th-11th. The site has information, articles, posts and resources and news of events relating to the use of handheld devices, including iPads.



Regional Training Centres

Apple Solutions Experts set up a series of regional training centres to support educators develop their digital media skills, offering courses that are free to teachers. There are a number of Apple Solutions Experts around the country.



Article outlining the ‘bundled’ apps that come free with the iPad


IPads in Education: Victoria State Government

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. IPads for Learning Trial. Project supported by Apple. The site outlines the project and provides some invaluable information, such as latest apps and practical, quick start tips and ideas for using iPads in the classroom.

Jenny Ashby is working directly working with pupils who have had both iPads and netbooks. Details of the trial and other issues and examples of use of iPads can be found at: http://epsipadtrial.globalstudent.org.au


For those who wish to look at some of the emerging ‘competitors’ to the iPad, CNET is one of the many sites offering reviews and comparisons of some of the latest and emerging tablets and other devices.


MSN: Tech and Gadgets

Verity Burns reviews of new and emerging devices and tablets showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, can be found at:


Digital Journal. Next-generation ‘iPad 2’ in Development

David James Young writes about possible new developments and functionality of the next generation iPad



Vital provides CPD and related resources for teachers, including materials relating to the use of new technologies. It has a space within its community that has been created to help teachers and curriculum deisgners use Apple iPod Touch and iPad’s effectively. Information is/will be based on fieldwork and classroom practice, including work around introducing the iPad to over 250 teachers this summer.


iPad – A Game Changer for Learning?

Graham Brown-Martin’s insights into why the iPad will change the way we learn.


iPad for Learning for All the Wrong Reasons.

Ewan McIntosh’s more critical perspective on the suitability of iPads and other devices based on particular learning needs and objectives.


The Sunday Times

Recently produced a list of 500 of the World’s Best Apps.


The following links represents just a small selection amongst the wealth of resources relating to STEM subjects.


Peter Griffin looks at the best Science apps for the iPad. http://sciblogs.co.nz/griffins-gadgets/2010/07/19/best-science-apps-for-the-ipad/

The Elements

Perhaps one of the most talked about and rated apps amongst educators. This app offers information and rich media content about the periodic table with over 500 examples of chemical elements that can be manipulated through a touch of the screen.

This app was specifically designed for the iPad, however, because it is so media rich, it does take up quite a bit of space. See below for further details:



Popular Science

Magazine app with added features looking at key issues in the field of science.


25 iPad Apps Every Engineer Needs

There are numerous apps that relate to the field of engineering. The following link leads to a list of 25 iPad apps that might support engineering students, including a broad range of generic tools, productivity and references apps.



A handy optical calculator app offering a quick and efficient way to perform calculations. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opticscalc/id294410304?mt=8


There are even flight simulator and flight game apps, such as X-plane, Flight Control.


Rollercoaster Builder & Advanced Rollercoaster Builder

Essentially a logical puzzle game offering challenges, tips and tutorials that enables users to create and play their own rollercoaster after construction. There are a number of different levels and missions and an opportunity to replay video.


SpaceTime Mathematics

Enables users to perform symbolic algebra and calculus with a range of dynamic scripting and plotting tools, plus a range of other functions


Walking Randomly

Site looking at a range of apps and software in science and engineering field, with specific pages focussing on Maths apps on the iPad.


Mighty Optical Illusions

There’s even an app that provides a daily optical illusion with information and background on each.


If you think that any key resources are missing you can contact Tim via his website

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Pauline Randall

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