iPads in Education


Welcome to the ‘iPad in Education’ web site - concerned with using Apple’s iPad for learning and teaching. Although this is based in the UK, the site’s content will reflect practice from other counties and contexts in order to explore and learn from a wide field. I am Ian Wilson, a freelance Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer based in the north west of England (Twitter: @Ian__Wilson). I have set up this site as I believe the iPad signals the opportunity for a transformation in how technology is used in schools, colleges and universities. I am interested in looking at all age ranges, all abilities across all areas of the curriculum and keen to see if the iPad makes technology more transparent and cross-curricular as it should be.

Of course at this stage, we don’t know the true extent of the impact of the iPad on teaching and learning as it is too early to say. However, as it becomes widely adopted in the UK and other countries outside of the USA, teachers and learners will start to explore its potential and begin to document how they use it, what works and what doesn’t. There are clearly many more questions than answers and in a way, this is the exciting part. Apple is pitching the device as occupying and therefore creating, a new space between the laptop and the smart phone (and iPod Touch), whilst at the same time stating that it is most definitely not a Netbook (see iPad v Netbook page for more on this).



Although the vast majority of iPod Touch & iPhone apps will scale up to fit the iPad, or can be used in their original format, I am mainly focussing on educational apps which have been written to take advantage of the larger screen size and processing power of the iPad.

One of the great aspects of the whole iPhone and iPod Touch eco-system into which the iPad was launched, is the amount of free and cheap apps written for these devices. The iPad can take advantage of this existing situation and can run the vast majority of the current educational apps on the App Store. Fortunately many of the free and cheaper apps have been re-written for the iPad and its larger screen. Given the current financial situation for most schools, the resource of free and affordable software on the App Store is particularly valuable.

I have created pages on this site which will list what I think are a range of useful apps for teaching and learning, listed by subject area. Given that the App Store is an ever-changing landscape, I can’t possibly keep completely up to date with all the Apps which get released. So I intend to update the ‘app pages’ of this site as best I can and will rely on others using iPads in schools and colleges to let me know when something useful comes along. If you come across an App which you think should be on this site then please send me an email via the link below.

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