Book creator is one of my go to apps. It is one that I definitely think every teacher should know about, partially because of it’s possible scope and also because of its brilliant user interface. Put simply Book Creator is a simple way to create your own beautiful ebooks, right on your tablet computer.
Book Creator has various options to choose from and is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. This is another reasons that I am a fan as you can use the app again and again to suit your text type/ genre.
And when you’re done, easily share your book, or even publish to the iBooks Store!
On the app there are lots of features to choose from:
- Add text, choosing from over 50 fonts
- Add photos and images from your iPad’s photo library, from the web, or use the iPad’s Camera
- Resize, rotate and position content as you like with guidelines and snap positioning
- Add video and music, and even record your voice
- Use the pen tool to draw and annotate your book
- Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes
Overall, I would definitely encourage anyone reading this to get the app and try it for yourself. I currently have my digital leaders, self-titled ‘gadget geeks’ working on a how to eBook which they are making independently. As soon as that’s complete I will be publishing it on this blog and pushing it out on social media.
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So recently I ran a course in Bury which covered Green Screen and Animation techniques and how, as an educator, you can use these to enhance your lessons. I am a particular fan of both of these for a few reasons which I will cover below.
The overall benefit of a green screen is that it puts children into their learning, whatever it is they can be immersed in it. This could be a virtual school trip, a revisit of a trip using pictures taken, children demonstrating a particular area of their learning or just entering an immersive world! Imagine speaking at the House of Commons at the age of 9! Or performing some performance poetry at Wembley! You could even explain about the Great Wall of China on location! This could be a very powerful tool in any class teachers arsenal. All that is needed is some green/dark blue material and a decent Green Screen app, I prefer Green screen by DoInk and Veescope but others are available.
For me animation is the other side of the coin, if Green Screen is immersing a child in their learning then Animation is the child manipulating it. This means that learners really need to think carefully about what they are explaining and what the content is. There are a couple of apps that I really enjoy using; stop motion studio and tellagami. Stop motion studio does what the name suggests, it collects pictures together as frames and then plays this through as a video. I’ve used this when children have demonstrated how to build an Anderson shelter with plasticine, or demonstrating how to be safe online. Tellagami is a much more digital app. Once you go into the app you choose a Gami (an avatar or character) using the Gami users can record their voice, once happy with this the Gami’s mouth will move explaining whatever has been recorded.
The adults on the course thoroughly enjoyed using these skills in a small piece of project based learning. From this it’s hoped that they can go back to school and continue to use their creativity to continue applying green screen and animation to enhance learning in their lessons.
Greenscreen and Animation from Adam Chase on Vimeo.
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So recently I decided that as a class project we would start to create an app about the Ancient Egyptians. After looking around and some advice from @Animate2Educate I settled on AppsMe Education. I did this for a few reasons:
– To achieve criteria from the Computing strand of the national curriculum.
– Children got the opportunity to explain topic-based knowledge.
– Children had to think about competency, being able to make everything bold doesn’t mean you have to.
– Apps me education has a very user friendly interface.
When we first accessed the digital classroom the children were pleased to see that they could all make their own app rather than contributing to a class / group one. Also, despite being limited by a few pages and a gallery etc the class found this the right amount of content for a series of lessons.
When the children had finished, edit and reviewed their content they had the option to publish their app. I must say it definitely didn’t disappoint. In many ways the format of the published apps are similar to many around today such as the @Naace app or a PIOTA school app. As stated by John Murray using apps:
“ applying skills in a meaningful context…perfect way to embed them and allow children to engage with and explore their wider application.”
Afterwards I asked the children what they would like if they were to go on apps me education again. Which we will! The overarching answer was the option to add more pages, in my opinion this is no bad thing. When learners want to do more I consider that a bonus! On balance though the option to do 2 information pages means children need to focus on the layout, feel and aesthetics of each page, a push towards quality over quantity.
As a class we will definitely be creating apps in the future and I will heading to AppsMe education first. It’s user interface was brilliant and the separate teacher/ children logins were a bonus. Finally, and most importantly, the children loved doing this. They were research extra nuisances, checking and rechecking spellings and constantly applying their learning.
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