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English - iPad

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iPad for Educational Use



What is an iPad?


The iPad is a line of tablet computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPad runs on Apple’s iOS operating system and has built in WI-FI as well as cellular connectivity on some models. The iPad’s multi-touch screen and virtual keyboard add to the ease of usability of the tablet computer. Some of the popular functions of the iPad include: taking photos and videos, playing music, social networking, GPS navigation, and playing games.



Choose a model below to view all of the features currently available.



                   iPad                                                iPad Mini


How is an iPad used?


Please view the tutorials below as an introduction to using the iPad tablet computer and/or view the manual here.



How can an iPad be used in the classroom?


iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other educational tool — on a device that students really want to use. Powerful apps from the App Store like iTunes U and iBooks let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant, and access an entire library wherever they go. And now with iPad mini, even more students can get their hands on iPad.1



Primary educational features include: Textbooks, Apps, iTunes U, The Classroom, and Accessibility.


Click on the images below to learn more about each feature.


            Textbooks                            Apps                              iTunes U                       The Classroom                    Accessibility 


How can an iPad be used in the English/Language Arts classroom?


The iPad can be used in a variety of formats for a variety of lessons and activities. Top built-in applications for English/Language Arts usage include: iBooks, iWork, and Safari.


Have a reading assignment? Eliminate the need for heavy books for students and storage space in the classroom for teachers. iBooks on the iPad allows teachers and students to browse, sample, buy, and read books all on one device.


Need to write a poem or short paper? iWorks on the iPad helps students and teachers create professional documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go. Once the project is complete, it can even be printed using AirPrint.


Assigning a research project? The Safari web browser on the iPad is intuitive and easy for students to use. Safari and iPad allow students to research and access information with their fingertips.


Sample Lesson Plans using an iPad:


Lesson 1:

English Language/Literature


“I’m a secondary English teacher and my students are studying Hamlet. I want them to analyse Act V, Scene I and understand the importance of the Gravediggers’ scene in the play.”



•Open iBooks and go to the Store

•Download Hamlet (Bookbyte Digital version) from the iBookstore.

•Use Table of Contents to navigate straight to Act III, Scene iv

•Look up some words, eg. arras, ducat

•Make personal notes on text and send to teacher

•In pairs, use concept mapping software such as iThoughts HD or SimpleMinds+ to sketch out why this scene is a crucial turning point in the play (because Hamlet commits to violent action and brings himself into unavoidable conflict with the king).

•Save mindmap as a pdf and use DropBox to send to teacher.2


Lesson 2:

Michael Morpurgo is a well respected and popular author with young people and his work is studied in Key Stage 2 and 3 (ages 8-13). As an English teacher I would like to capitalise on the news attention surrounding his novel ‘War Horse’ to engage young people in literature.



•On the iPad go to the iTunes U App and search for “Michael Morpurgo”. There are resources provided by the National Theatre. Click on the War Horse - for iPad/Mac/PC link. These resources include a Scheme of Work for Key Stage 3 teachers to hlep them with planning activities.

•Here you will be able to download some wonderful resources related to the Novel and the stage play by the National Theatre.

•Download the first chapter of the book as an audio file, the short video documentary about War Horse and the War Horse pamphlet.

•The pamphlet gives a synopsis of the story so that students can get an understanding of the books context.

•If you download the iBook Sample from the iBook store you get the text of the Author’s note and the first chapter of the book

•Ask students to study the first chapter and identify the different scenes that occur in the first chapter. Note how the story is told in the first person from the perspective of the horse.

•Using a mind mapping tool such as Popplet (Lite) or iThoughts HD get the students to set these scenes out in sequence. These scenes can be illustrated by images form the play or the students could be asked to draw their own illustrations. For each scene ask the students to write a sentence of narrative in the third person of what is happening.

•Using iMovie ask the students to create a sequence of narrated images based on what the have prepared in the mind map. If they wish they could add suitable music to fit the mood of the piece and titles.

•Share the end product using Apple TV.2


Lesson 3:

Poetry Unit


For this lesson we will be examining poetry. We will also be choosing a poem for memorization and recitation. Each student will need to use their iPad's for this lesson.



•Open the App Store on the iPad.

•Search for "Poems by Heart" and download the free application.

•Select the poem "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" by William Shakespeare.

•Listen to the poem from start to finish.

•Write down any words you are unfamiliar with and define them in your vocabulary notebook.

•Listen to the poem again, but follow along closely with the cursor.

•Browse through additional poems in the application and choose one that you would like to memorize.

•Remember to define unknown terms in your vocab notebook as they arise.

•Practice memorization and recitation of your poem with the help of Poems by Heart.

•Recite memorized poems to the class on Friday.



Additional Resources:







1. http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/

2. http://www.rm.com/_RMVirtual/Media/Downloads/ipad_lessonideas.pdf

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