The Ultimate Guide To Using iPads In The Classroom

You’ve heard of the iPad and seen it in action… but what purpose would it serve in the classroom? You might be surprised.

While there are plenty of education-oriented apps in the Apple App Store right now, most are a bit too expensive to deploy on a large-scale level such as multiple classrooms. For example, at $9.99, most popular iPad apps would cost about $300 per app for a classroom of 30 students.

Lucky for you, there’s a living document being edited right now by dozens of educators. That document (embedded below) contains dozens of tips on how to use the iPad in the classroom. From the Brushes app to learning how to play music, there’s a lot of surprising and useful tips. If you’d like to add to this doc, click here to view the presentation in Google Docs (then add it to your Google Doc account)

This presentation is just one of the many fantastic resources being crafted from @tombarrett. He is encouraging everyone to tweet about this living document so more people can contribute.


  1. Hans Mundahl

    December 8, 2010 at 2:54 am

    If you are using ipads in the classroom you can bulk purchase apps from apple typically at 50% off the retail price.

    • Edudemic

      December 8, 2010 at 3:37 am

      great point, thanks!

  2. Sharon Elin

    December 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    This is a fabulous collection; thank you! Is it possible to ajust the timing so it doesn't move to the next slide so fast? I was hitting "pause" on each slide so I could read them.

    • Lee

      December 14, 2010 at 1:14 am

      Sharon, you can use the double-arrow buttons on either side of the play/pause buttons to go one slide at a time.

  3. henry

    January 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    hahhahahaha shut upp

  4. jacobe

    January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    who is henry….

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  7. Krebs

    February 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Hello! This is a great idea. I added a slide in google docs but it's not appearing on this main page. Does it take some time?


  8. Gary Doss

    April 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

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    Check out the new STAYPad security enclosure from Doss Industries.

  9. Kayleigh

    September 23, 2011 at 1:06 am

    You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful aritcels.

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  11. DIJASoftware

    December 11, 2011 at 4:47 am

    A very informative article. I created a small app that may be interesting to some. Monkey Maths is a small app to help young children with their Math. There’s a free version which just has addition or a full version which includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    Sorry for the plug and thank you for the excellent article.

  12. MikePhelps

    December 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Study Hall app on iPad – nice way to connect with students!

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  16. morellok

    February 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Why on earth are schools investing in iPads without first exploring and developing ways they will be used in the classroom? Rather like putting the horse before the cart. If you haven’t done that piece of the planning, you may well end up with a far bigger expense than expected. Explore all the options: convertible laptop/tablet devices can make use of a ton of open source software that brings down the cost of that option considerably if cost is the reason you are looking into iPads as opposed to convertible laptop/tablets for your school. When you couple that with the ease of deploying software to all the devices, the convertible laptop/tablets become even more attractive.

    • stevedavis0001

      April 17, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Excuse my ignoreance, but what is a “convertible laptop/tablet”?  My school is at the stage of investigating the use if iPads in the school versus MacBooks and I am constantly looking for any tips or pointers from others…

    • stevedavis0001

      April 17, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Excuse my ignorance, but what is a “convertible laptop/table device”?  My school is at the investigation stage of deciding what to purchase – iPads or MacBooks for students.  Any tips or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

      • Nick Case-Leng

        September 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

        A convertible tablet/laptop is potentially more flexible than the iPad, as you can readily attach a keyboard and use like a standard laptop, or without the keyboard just touch. This is a good example –

        Since Apple don’t do such a product, it is a different marketplace for the software, too. Currently, this would be mainly Google’s Android operating system, but Microsoft have a new version of Windows coming out in a month or two which is tablet-focussed. So there are at least 2 alternative operating systems you could consider.

        There is a cost-advantage to NOT using Apple, too. Most PCs are non-Apple. Most smart phones are non-Apple. In a few months, most tablets will be non-Apple, eg. Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire.

        Apple do great advertising, and their products are well-made. But they could be a lot cheaper, even with this quality – and there are good-quality alternatives that show this.

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