Friday, February 20, 2015

Creating eBooks with BookCreator

I have ALWAYS loved creating books with my students. 
With today's technology 
there are SO many possibilities for creating
and sharing eBooks with your kiddos
But....
one of the easiest ways to create and share is with
BookCreator
I'll be honest...it is RARE that I spend money on an app...
but this is one I am SO very happy that I invested in...
I tried the free version first to make sure it really did all that I wanted it to do...
and it delivered...in a HUGE way!
I wrote about how we began our first eBook project with Grinch in a post
HERE

We were able to app smash 
Explain Everything and Book Creator to create this adorable book
you can download off iTunes 

The book actually takes you through how we completed the project 
as well as sharing our thoughts about making the grinch grin 
as our final projects.

It was SUPER easy to create using the BookCreator app!
and IF you have an iTunes account, you can upload books for free 
using the ePub file from the app!

Here's how we used the two apps together to create our book...
forgive the different photos...we were working on the Grinch books 
 at the same time we were working on Reindeer Fact Books 
 ...so my photos got mixed in and together.


We completed the art project and displayed them on a 
"Check it Out Museum Wall"
The kids opened the Explain Everything app on an iPad
and took a picture of their artwork to include in their page.
Once the picture has been sized and twisted to the direction they 
want it to look, students begin to type in the words from 
their story/paragraph. 
(I usually have them create the paragraph or story in their journal first...
then we can talk about revisions and improvements BEFORE they type.)
Explain Everything easily allows students
the ability to change fonts, colors, and sizes as they work.
They can type their words and then use the stylus to sign their finished 
product, just like real artists :)
We saved the finished pictures from the Explain Everything app 
to our class Dropbox account so we could upload each picture into 
a book made on one iPad.
 
             
 

Our next eBook integrated a 
project from Art Class, 
writing Non-Fiction Paragraphs using PowTide 
and a new app
We created two versions for this project...
The first one with no videos
and a second one using the movies we created with ChatterPix Movies


We formulated a TIDE graphic organizer to show the things we
had learned about Laurel Burch
Using the "tree map" organizer, we created our
rough drafts of non-fiction paragraphs about Laurel.
Student took pictures using the iPad camera and imported the picture
into the fabulous app ChatterPixKids
Then the kids had 30 seconds to record their story about Laurel Burch

So....what's so special about that???
Welllll....
Check out the the MOUTH MOVING!
We were able to upload the videos into Book Creator and then type our
final version of the paragraphs in our very first try at 
a two page spread for each child.


You'd be AMAZED at how quickly the students were able to pick up 
the steps to create their own pages.
They were showing each other how to change colors of the page backgrounds,
change the fonts, and make sure everything matched!
The support from Book Creator developers was fantastic!
They have tons of tutorials and answer questions super quick!

I exported the final book from the Book Creator App to my computer 
and was able to upload it to the iTunes Producer where it was  
reviewed and approved for iTunes stores.
There's a TON of techie bloggers who have created 
"how to" presentations on publishing books 
on iTunes using iTunes Producer!
I'm in the process of putting together some PD slides on how
we submit our books...keep checking back for more :)

You can also send a pdf of the completed book s
o that people without apple products
can see the final production as well. 

I hope you'll take a moment and download a copy of our books
from iTunes and check out what they look like for yourself!
I am SO incredibly excited about the possible books the students 
can create and share with the world around them...
shhh...my students don't know it yet, but I'm curently planning with some teachers
in other states to see if we can come up with some ways we can globally share in the 
creation of stories and publish for everyone to enjoy!
Think....googledoc, skype,...uhmmm email?

Do you create books with your kids?
Have you tried to integrate technology yet?
I'd love to hear more about how things are working for you!

PS....want to learn more about publishing on iTunes?
Check out this great set of posts...





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