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Effectively Using iPads to Transform Your Classroom (K-12)/Flex Course


Do you love your iPad and want ways to use it in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to transform your classroom using your iPad. A plethora of apps are introduced that align with curriculum standards. The apps outlined in the course can be used to teach English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, and the arts. Additionally, teachers learn about apps that can be used as classroom tools for instruction and assessment, as well as, those that can serve as platforms for the creation of multimedia components and projects. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I really enjoyed learning the many different ways iPads can be integrated into the classroom. What I found most useful were the apps for each subject as well as general learning apps and grading apps.." - Jennifer Patton


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount***

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304***


This course applies toward the Educational Technology Award of Completion

**If you are using this course for the Educational Technology Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” by Howard Pitler, Elizabeth Hubbell, and Matt Kuhn

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 81T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41517

Unit One

  • History of Apple and the iPad
  • The Intersection of Education and the iPad
  • Getting to Know the iPad
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Using Apps for Digital Reading
  • Using Apps for Digital Writing
  • Using Apps for Researching
  • Assignment #2: Article/Video reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Using Apps for Mathematics
  • Using Apps for Science
  • Using Apps for Social Studies
  • Assignment #3: Share Your Expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Google Apps
  • Communication, Collaboration, and Social Networking
  • Digital Storytelling with the iPad
  • Integrating Video, Digital Art, and Animation
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Utilizing and Creating Podcasts and Screencasts
  • iPad Classroom Implementation
  • iPad Presentations
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • The iPad as an Assessment Tool
  • Top Apps for Learning
  • iPad Resources
  • Assignment #4: Create a Buncee presentation with your iPad
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)