The concept of using the iPad in the classroom makes a lot of sense. It is lightweight, small, can travel with you around the room, and the most obvious….kids LOVE it. That sounds great and all, but when do I actually use it with my students? Here are some ideas on how to integrate this learning tool into your day to day routine.


Tip #1: Waiting

It can be so hard for kids to wait. And often, children will begin to misbehave if the wait is too long. Go to one of these apps during a wait time and engage the children.

Sing Sing Together

Wheels on the Bus

The Monster at the End of this Book


Tip #2: Centers

Learning centers are a way to enrich the daily classroom experience. During this time children work independently or with a small group of peers to accomplish an activity. Have the iPad as a center where children can come to learn concepts using one of these apps.

Toddler Teasers



Tip #3: Timer

Concept of time is still abstract for the Early Childhood student. Help them to understand “how long” by using a visual timer on your iPad.

Shapes Toddler Preschool

Autism Timer

Time Timer


Tip #4: Calming

The Preschool environment can often be overstimulating for many children. Sometimes a child may need a “break” to go sit by themselves and relax. Here are some apps to calm a child.



White Noise


Tip #5: Reward

Children need positive reinforcement. The iPad is an easy way to offer up a visual reward quickly.

iReward Chart


2 Responses to “Teachers | Five Tips on When to use the iPad in the Early Childhood Classroom”

  1. Kate

    None of these links work!!! Please update

  2. ????????

    Thank you very much. This is very good.


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