Today we’ve been using Book Creator for iPad for some AFL.
It’s the first time we’ve used the app so after a very quick demonstration I asked the children to each make a book showcasing six or more pieces of their own work.
The were asked to choose work they were proud of and a piece of work that they had found particularly challenging.
They had to photograph their chosen work and comment and annotate the work explaining why they had chosen it.
It worked like a dream – the app is brilliantly simple to use yet has so many features all easily available.
Some children chose to use the record audio facility to record themselves reading a poem or story.
Some annotated by writing text, others highlighted phrases or paragraphs they were especially pleased with and explained why.
The majority of children produced a book that showed they had really thought about their own work.
It linked beautifully with personal target setting and certainly helped make the children look at their own work in a reflective manner.
Tomorrow when we have GRIT (Guided Reflection and Improvement Time) I’m sure we will reap the benefits of today’s task.
Looking at their choice of work was fascinating – lots of them chose a piece of poetry and to my surprise RE featured heavily.
Their annotations nearly all echoed my own style of marking.
The best part about this app for me is the seamless integration with Dropbox.Having used other e-book creators where sharing and saving the work was fraught with difficulties I was expecting the worst.
This is simplicity itself.
Finish the book, make sure it is named correctly and the author added then upload to a prepared folder in Dropbox.
No converting or worrying about different formats.
Best of all the books can be opened on any of our Class iPads and read or edited.
If we want to share them with anyone without the app we can export them as .pdf files or iBooks.
It’s not often I give an app 10/10 but this one is practically perfect in every way.