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iPads in the Art Room

iPads in the Art Room

Today’s technologies have transformed many elements of the human experience, including how people connect, communicate, and gather information. Throughout this course, you will examine and debate contemporary resources concerning tablet usage in the K-12 classroom while considering the implications for student learning as well as instructor engagement. Specific iPad applications will be explored along with practical suggestions for both teacher and student usage. At the end of this course, you will be proficient in a variety of applications as you prepare and present dynamic lessons demonstrating meaningful incorporation of these contemporary tools.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

  • iPad updated with the newest iOS update available from Apple

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 2 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $798.00
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE010

Course Objectives

  • Examine the evolution of iPad usage in the art classroom by building and accessing an evolving library of resources.
  • Analyze the implications of tech tools, like the iPad, in the classroom while planning appropriate introduction, usage, and care.
  • Establish proficiency in a variety of digital applications to enhance the creative process for students.
  • Plan for varied instructional needs among students when it comes to tech tools.
  • Prepare advocacy measures to communicate appropriate and meaningful usage of tablet technologies.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Getting Started
  1. Examine previous and emerging research concerning iPads and tablet technologies.
  2. Share your personal and professional views concerning iPads in the classroom setting.
  3. Prepare a soapbox video or digital collage sharing your insights with the class and beyond.
Week 2
Establishing a Foundation
  1. Examine the research on 1:1 technology and iPad use in the classroom.
  2. Prepare a 30-60 second video speech detailing your opinion as a professional educator concerning the iPad.
Week 3
Classroom Integration and Organization
  1. Examine the logistics of introducing iPads in the art classroom, from set up to storage to assessment.
  2. Write two SMART goals: one focusing on classroom setup and management and the other focusing on assessment and portfolio.
Week 4
Drawing, Painting, and 3D Design
  1. Explore the work of artists who are using iPads to create their own original art.
  2. Choose one of the drawings, paintings, or 3D apps you like the most and create a final work of art using that tool.
Week 5
Photo, Video, and Digital Storytelling
  1. Look at more artists in action as they maximize the iPad for creative purposes.
  2. Experiment with a series of photo, video, and digital storytelling applications.
Week 6
Planning for Implementation
  1. Develop a meaningful lesson that incorporates an iPad application in meaningful ways.
  2. Create a detailed matrix of apps explored in the class to date.
Week 7
Art Appreciation and Viewership
  1. Explore applications associated with museums, galleries, and other educational efforts.
  2. Analyze how several educators are using social media applications in positive and proactive ways and create an action plan for your own professional implementation.
Week 8
  1. Prepare final reflections concerning the iPad in your classroom setting.
  2. Give thoughtful feedback to peers.

Establishing a Foundation

A sample assignment from Week 2 of the class iPads in the Art Room

1. Research

Choose at least two categories from the provided iPad WebQuest and explore the resources provided. Choose categories that you connect with personally and professionally.

2. Practical, Hands-On Application

Following your iPad WebQuest, get on your digital soapbox! Have your professional opinions concerning these digital tools changed or are you reaffirmed in your original stance concerning iPads? Prepare an informal 30-second to 1-minute video speech detailing your feelings concerning the iPad (or any tablet computer for that matter) in the art classroom.

3. Discussion

Share the live link to your soapbox video. Describe the process you took to plan, execute, and share this work. Was this experience comfortable for you? Did you run into any technical issues? How did you address those issues? How do you envision sharing your soapbox video beyond this course section and as an advocacy tool?

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course iPads in the Art Room. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 1/28/2021)


Course content was relevant and current.


Instructor was knowledgeable and provided value-added contributions.


I achieved the goals I set at the beginning of the course. 

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