I have been using a fantastic app called Book Creator. This app allows users to create a digital book with the ability to insert a wide range of digital media. I have been using this app as the centre of a variety of different Challenge Based Learning tasks and have found it
to be a very effective way for students to share their work, reflect develop quality work samples that they can share with the world in the iBook store. I have been using this app for many years and I would like to share with you a very effective unit I created which used Book Creator to not only enhance but redefine my students work to a point that their work become global.
The unit focused on students developing a deeper understanding of informative writing with a sub focus on procedural writing.
Students were set a challenge to create a book that would take readers through a procedure of their choice. The book had to be accessible to every single person in the world. With this challenge in mind, students set out to search for a way this was possible. Eventually, my students came across Book Creator in which they called ‘the perfect book making app’. They discovered that this Book creating app had a huge variety of different features that would allow them to make a book that is assessable to everyone.
Book Creator allow
ed my students to have a blank canvas where they could be innovative, creative and really think outside the square. They designed their books (links below) and then we uploaded them to the iBooks store. The next thing that happened was the most exciting thing for my students, they saw their work being downloaded by people around the world! They discovered countries they hadn’t heard of and could go and research, they received real world feedback from individuals and classes from around the world and developed cultural awareness. We have had nearly 2000 downloads of our book from countries all over the world! We decided to create a world map where we would pin point the different countries that have downloaded out book.
The day I was asked by an Apple Distinguished Educator if he could share my story at a large accessibility international conference was very exciting and my students could not believe that their work was so important to the world.
Through this experience using Book Creator my students become motivated, reflective learners who developed global knowledge, cultural awareness and a very deep understanding of informative text such as procedures. Their vocabulary and deep knowledge around this area grew and blossomed.
Book Links-Click on a book to take a look!
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