Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Creator - How to enhance and extend

We're working on Book Creator ebooks in Susan North's room based on the students' research of an animal.  I am always amazed at how these children who struggle to write connected text on a google doc happily engross themselves in creating ebooks on the same topic.  I know that some of the appeal is the graphic component - some of them would wile away the minutes selecting fonts, sizes, and colors, but as we near the end of the school year and students are running out of steam, it is satisfying to see them so engaged in book creation.  I've been following the Book Creator blog, and found a post on an Irish teacher who works with a class of autistic students.  He has taken Book Creator to the next level - publishing students' books in the iBooks store for others to download.  Much to his surprise, the students have gotten over 1,000 downloads from 19 countries!  I'd love to try publishing some of ours as we get more comfortable with Book Creator, thus giving our students an authentic audience.  And I also like the idea of becoming an authentic audience for others by downloading and reading student created works (see below as an example), which we can then rate and comment on.  Other ideas for enhancing and extending?  I'd love to hear from you.

Power Out
Check out one of his student's Minecraft-inspired books Power Out at the iBooks store!

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