Innovate with iPad

Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom

By Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen
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Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom by Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen

In “Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom” primary teachers Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen provide a complete selection of clearly laid out engaging open-ended lessons to change the way you use iPad in the classroom.   By simply downloading a few basic, open-ended creation apps, your students will engage in the learning process and demonstrate their newfound knowledge in the way that works best for them. In addition, throughout the book Karen and Kristen provide beginner and advanced lessons and quick tips and  practical suggestions to make the integration of iPad go as seamlessly as possible.  

This beautifully laid out book also features downloadable task cards, student generated examples and extension ideas to use with your students.

Whether you have access to one iPad for your entire class or one for each student, these lessons will help you transform learning in your classroom.

About the Author

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Karen Lirenman

Karen is an ISTE award winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a student choice-driven hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Karen frequently writes about her educational journey at and has co-authored the book, Innovate with iPad – Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Karen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google for Education Innovator. You can find Karen on twitter at @klirenman.

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Kristen Wideen

Kristen Wideen has spent her career teaching in the United States and Canada teaching kindergarten through 6th grade. She is currently an instructional coach with the Greater Essex County District School Board in Windsor, Ontario. Kristen engages students through innovative and student driven projects that motivate students to take chances and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Kristen encourages the teachers and students in her school board to create, collaborate, communicate and motivate in their classrooms everyday.

Kristen is a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013, and frequently writes about her educational journey at She has co authored the book, Innovate with iPad – Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom As well as being the coordinator of The Primary Blogging Community she also enjoys speaking at conferences to inspire educators to use technology in innovative ways.

What People are Saying

This book is a must-read for anyone working with grade K-3 students (or their teachers) and iPads! Presenting more than sixty formative and summative assessments, using a well-chosen, small toolbox of creation apps, the authors target the higher-order thinking skills in each lesson. They provide pedagogically-sound tech projects for students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts in math, ELA, science, and social studies.  —Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist,

In this thoughtful book, Kristin and Karen, two masterful educators, provide practical and approachable ideas for using open-ended tools to help students demonstrate understanding and reveal their learning processes. This is an invaluable resource for anyone teaching students in early elementary school with any kind of technology access. The ideas shared in this book unlock the power of technology to transfer agency to learners, meet them where they are, and lead them where they need to be.  —Dr. Reshan Richards, co-Author, Blending Leadership, Department of Math, Science & Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University, Chief Learning Officer and co-Founder, Explain Everything

All teachers with iPads should read this book. Your students will thank you for it!  —Dan Amos, developer of Book Creator for iPad

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