LSA iPad Workshop Handout


If you want to know more about iPad Basics then watching the 101 webinar is highly recommended: iPad Basics 101 (iOS6) and iPads Basics 101 (iOS7).

Top iPad Tips

Accessibility information via the Spectronics Blog:

Accessibility Icon


Additional accessories such as durable cases, speakers, mounts, switch interfaces, keyguards and styluses can also help to make the iPad more accessible for your students. A range of links for these can be found on our Accessories Page

Integrate the iPad into your classroom

Share your iPad screen to your VGA-equipped data projector, TV or monitor.

Via a cable:

Apple VGA Adaptor or Apple Digital AV Adapter

30pin to VGA adapter30p-AV AdapterLigntning AV Adapter

OR Wirelessly:

Apple TV, Reflection, and Air Server

Apple TV

Using iPads with Interactive Whiteboards



While we like to recommend lots and lots of favourite apps, many times it is not about having lots of apps. In the classroom, it is about having a few really good ones. Ones that you can use to create your own materials. When you create your own teaching and learning materials, it means that they are relevant, age appropriate, specific, motivating and most importantly, they suit you, your classroom and your students! Blog post about this: Creation Tools for the iPad. All apps included here are ones that are easy to use and may have good sharing and publishing features.


1. Book Creator

Teacher and students can create books with photos, audio, text and video. 101 uses in the classroom!

2. Popplet

Graphic organiser to create mind-maps, allowing for classroom brainstorming, planning written work and much more!

3. Explain Everything

Screencasting and interactive whiteboard app, allowing you to create videos with pictures, photos, annotations and narrations.

4. Scan -QR

More information on QR Codes
Spectronics QR Code


APPS Everywhere!

Here is a HUGE collection of the Spectronics team favourite apps that can be used in the classroom.


Blog links: Apps for Phonics and webinars on Spectronics Online.


Check out this webinar: Top 10 Apps for Literacy Support




Using Social Media

Need to find more? Want to connect with others who are implementing iPads in their schools and exploring the use of the wide range of apps available? Using the time-honoured strategies of occasional conference attendance, as funds are available, or listserve participation or surfing the net is simply no longer enough

However the collection of freely available resources and valuable time-sensitive advice for special education teachers and those supporting struggling students has grown exponentially on social media channels – supporting building of powerful Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) without geographic boundaries.

A comprehensive overview of these online resources and networks, including Facebook Groups, Twitter hashtags, blogs and key influencers in the field around special education and learning is available via this link

App icons for building your Special Education and Learning Support Professional Learning Networks
In the past special educators and learning support teams have been less enthusiastic than their mainstream peers in embracing social media to build powerful, extended PLNs. It is time to accelerate and expand the adoption of these tools by special educators, to connect with like-minded colleagues globally.


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About Greg O'Connor

“I firmly believe that saying “we’ve always done it this way around here” is dangerous! I enjoy disrupting that way of thinking and watching the excitement of teachers being re-motivated. Adding new technologies into the mix is powerful in driving that positive change. Driving that positive disruption”

Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, and Professional and Consultancy Manager at Spectronics.

Greg is committed to exploring the possibilities that exist for ALL students through the use of technology, wherever and however teaching and learning takes place.

Greg presents at national and international conferences, and provides training and consultancy across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He is a Google Certified Educator, Certified Apple Trainer, and a Certified Texthelp Trainer. Greg is a committee member of the NSW Australian Association of Special Education, and is a member of the editorial committee for the AASE Journal, Special Education Perspectives. He recently became a member of the International Committee of the Inclusive Learning Network of ISTE.

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