With the introduction of the new primary computing curriculum in September 2014 and Ofsted inspection guidance emphasising the need to use mobile technologies in classrooms, more primary schools than ever now have iPads.
One question I get asked frequently as a primary computer science master teacher and author of iCompute, a primary computing scheme of work, is how best teachers and schools can make full use of their iPads to, not only teach computing discretely, but also to embed it in other subject areas.
The list is by no means exhaustive and will be ever changing, but I’ve put together a document you can download and use outlining what I consider to be some of the best iPad apps around the moment that offer potential for enhancing and enriching teaching and learning in primary computing and embedding it throughout the curriculum.
I’ve also cross-referenced the apps against the three areas of primary computing – Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computing and highlighted which our iPad Pack use explicitly for structured half-termly units of work with step-by-step lesson plans and pupil worksheets/support materials.
I’m developing new schemes at the moment aimed at enhancing teaching and learning using iPads across other subject areas.
Coming soon will be the first in a series, iInvestigate, providing units for engaging, practical, primary science investigations that also use iPads and some brilliant iPad apps.