Book creator is fantastic. I know people are already aware of this, but I just felt it needed to be said. The app is “The simple way to create beautiful ebooks” as is branded on their website. The software offers children the possibility to create ebooks with a full range of features (audio, video, photos etc.). The beauty of this app comes in its simplicity. Every class I have ever worked with has been able to pick it up in a matter of minutes and start creating something.
The app offers so many possibilities that your imagination is the only limitation here (as cheesy as that sounds). Because of the multimedia nature of the app though, children can literally do anything. I have used it for several purposes, such as:
- A digital portfolio to capture all work created across a term/year.
- A way for children to bring their own writing to life.
- A reflections diary, where the children are able to record their reflections on a piece of work.
- In reading – children use the app to read their books and also capture conversations as they are happening.
- Creating leaflets/programmes about the school.
Recently I used the app in an Enterprise project. The class was asked by Hopetoun House to plan for a new Weddings brochure or a Horse trial event. The class had to plan every element of each event and had so much fun in this real world experience. The great thing is, and it was not something I forced at all, but every group involved used Book Creator to create something for this project. Programmes for the Horse trial event were created, as were new wedding brochures for the hypothetical new clients. The children enjoyed their learning here so much because their was an audience for their work, and this was made possible by Book creator.
If you click below you can see two examples of the books that were created for this project. We were able to print these and hand them out at the final presentations infant of Lord Hopetoun himself!
I feel like I can’t do the app justice with this post, and I have just figured out how to publish books to the iTunes Bookstore which I will be doing this coming term with my Primary 7 class, so keep an eye out for that post. In the meantime I urge you to download the app and give it a try. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.