Create books easily, then share them using Book Creator for iPad.

Book Creator. It’s the best app for creating books on an iPad for Primary School children. Earlier this week I explained to a class of year two children how to use this app. It took less than five minutes. This is one of those apps you dream about (if you’re sad like me). A piece of software that allows you to use technology to enhance a subject where the technology doesn’t get in they way. You can insert and change text, add copyright free images (look for copyright free image sites at the bottom of the linked page), insert pictures from your iPad camera and even record your own narration to add to the page. Once you’ve done you can open your finished creation in iBooks where you can read it in all it’s glory and make the most of the superb page turning animation. Of course you don’t just have to create books in Literacy, it could be in almost any curricular area. A record of constructing a moving toy in D.T is one example.

Here are a few practical suggestions to make the most of using Book Creator in schools.

1. Set up a school Dropbox account to use with the iPads. Ideally you’d like the children to find their own images from the internet. If you haven’t built in the time, or you want children to use specific images, or if the children are too young to search for their own images then you can do it yourself and download them to Dropbox. Set up folders for each year group and upload the photos to a Dropbox folder on a computer. The children can open the Dropbox app on the iPad and save the picture to the camera roll.

2. You can share finished books by sending them to other iPads. SEnd your finished book to Dropbox, open it in another iPad and save it to iBooks. This is a great way for children to see that their work can reach an audience. You can even use a text written by a child in school as a guided reading text.

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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