This book provides teachers with activities for using iPad and iPhone iOS apps for fostering learning of literacies of accessing/analyzing information, reading, writing, discussing, images, audio/video, games/simulations, reflection, and professional develop to learn across the curriculum. It provides teachers with tips on using iPads and iPhones in the classroom, as well as how use of apps serve to foster disciplinary literacies in all subjects and recommendations of our favorite apps and hotlinks to apps on the iTunes Bookstore. It also describes specific examples of middle and high school students employing apps in the classroom to demonstrate the value of using apps, as well as methods for evaluating students' literacy learning. The book concludes with professional development activities for learning how to effectively employ apps in the classroom.
Schools around the world are making iPads a part of their classrooms. This is, perhaps, the most profound change taking place in literacy and learning today. How are we to prepare for this change, developing powerful learning contexts and preparing students for the new literacies that will define their future? I have just found the answer, Using iPad and iPhone Apps for Learning with Literacy Across the Curriculum, an e-book by Richard Beach and David O’Brien from the University of Minnesota. The authors take an eminently practical approach, informed by several of the most important perspectives in our field today: literacy as social practice, literacy and learning affordances, and multi-modal learning contexts. This book and the accompanying wiki will delight you with an extensive array of new apps and new ideas that you can use immediately in your classroom.
Donald J. Leu, Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut.

How soon before iPads become indispensable in our classrooms? As educators we all know that technology is rapidly and inexorably transforming teaching and learning. But it can be a struggle to merely get a handle on where to start. I would suggest this book is an excellent place to start. Of course, readers are directed to a myriad of possible apps for classroom learning, but the authors thoughtfully consider how to navigate this confusing wealth of options. Especially intriguing is their continual embedding of “app affordances”—the fostering of literacy practices—with the emerging understanding of disciplinary literacies—the varied, particular and strategic use of apps as an integral component of engaging with a discipline.
Doug Buehl, social studies teacher, Madison, Wisconsin; national literacy consultant

No one writes about technology for ELA educators better than Rick Beach and David O’Brien—but Using iPads and iPhone Apps for Learning with Literacy Across the Curriculum is about much more than technology. You'll reach for it to find the best apps and find that it'll change your mindset, sharpen your practice and extend your influence as a 21st century educator, parent and citizen.
Doug Hartman, Professor of Literacy Education, Michigan State University

Filled with authentic and inspiring examples, this book offers a useful framework for thinking about how to select and use apps to foster literacy and disciplinary learning. In the chapters devoted to reading, writing, and discussing to learn, the authors introduce innovative ways to create, communicate, collaborate digitally. The emphasis on using images, audio, video, games, and simulation to learn showcases new dimensions of literacy and learning that apps make possible. Researchers, teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, and teacher educators will discover a wealth of new learning opportunities that will transform the way they teach.