Reading iBooks on a computer

One of the most effective, powerful apps to use in class is Book Creator. It’s a versatile app that can be used from reception to year six to produce ebooks. Children pick up the key features in minutes. On a basic level you can add text and pictures to make a book quickly and easily. You can also add drawings, video and use the built in audio recording tool.

What makes Book Creator so amazing is that you can add content made in other apps. The images below show how children created a news report in iMovie and a comic strip page, then added them into Book Creator.

 

One of the questions we are often asked is how do you share this content on other devices such as a Mac or PC. You can do this using a Google Chrome app called Readium.

To start with you need to download the Book Creator epub file to the computer. This tutorial shows you how to transfer your book to Dropbox.

Once the file is on your computer open your Google Chrome browser and sign in with a Google account. Click on the apps symbol in the top left then click on web store in the bottom right. Search for the app called Readium and click the blue plus symbol. Once you’ve done this open a new tab, go to apps and click on Readium. Click on the plus symbol and upload your book from your computer. It will now show your ebook in your browser and will play all the videos and audio files you created in your book.

 

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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