Sunday, July 2, 2017

Multi-modal text creation with the Book Creator App in Stage 1

The Book Creator App is a simple but powerful digital book creation App. It provides students with the opportunity to work with digital technologies to create texts that incorporate a range of multi-modal elements through the ability to incorporate text, photos, drawings, sound and video.  Additionally the new feature to be able to share privately or embed their books publicly via a teacher account provides even more options for publishing to a wider authentic audience.

The Book Creator App can support teachers to engage students in the range of modes and skills required to meet the English K-10 syllabus outcomes:

  • Speaking and listening (communicating)
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing and Representing
Skills:  * Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary  *Spelling   *Responding and Composing    *Handwriting and using digital technologies  *Thinking imaginatively and creatively  *Expressing themselves  *Reflecting on learning

Stage 1 Activity
In a recent activity, Year 2 students students were introduced to the Book Creator App and were asked to create a simple digital book about their favourite animal in the App in pairs.

Learning Intention
Use Book Creator App on the iPad to create an ebook about our favourite animal

Success Criteria
Know how to:
  • Use different strategies to capture a drawing of our favourite animal - draw straight into App, draw on paper and take a photo and add to book
  • Use the camera to capture a photo of ourselves for our book
  • Add a title for our book
  • Change the background colour of our page to personalise our book
  • Add audio to capture our thinking
Task instructions
  • Work in pairs
  • On the iPads go to Book Creator
  • Start a new book with the + button
  • On the cover use the + button take a photo of the two in pair plus add a title
  • On the first page the first person in the pair will use the draw tool to draw their favourite animal and type the name of the animal
  • The second person will draw in their reading group books their animal and then go to next page and use the photo tool to take a photo of it and add to the book
  • Each person then interviews the other using the recording option on that person page about why it is their favourite animal and adds the recording.
Sample books from students after first session
Viewed via the new Book Creator teacher account embed option.
Feedback on the activity
  • Students were writing and representing their knowledge through drawings and text.
  • Students choice of animal as well as the ability to personalise their book allowed them to express their own individual style and knowledge in the task.
  • The interview aspect using the recording feature developed student's speaking and listening communication skills
  • The features of the Book creator App engaged the students to think creatively and discover different ways of representing their knowledge.
  • Helped lower achievers show their learning and build their confidence
  • Students were able to problem solve and work together. Very confident by the end of the session
  • Allowed students to be more engaged in their learning
Ideas for developing further skills with Book Creator for Year 2
  • Warm up - a Mr Squiggle type drawing
  • Ability to layer and lock layers - maybe build on a plan of their house, or what would characters  look like - prediction. So they learn about layers, can build on things, design mentality do things in parts
  • Build vocabulary - a word then next student does a drawing for the word and then next student guesses what it is and writes the word and then so on - for 6-8 times (based on Tellestrations game)
  • Write sentences and then use the read to me feature to check spelling and grammar construction of the sentence
  • Embed video for example a science experiment that the students record
  • Hyperlinks to web resources via text (press down on the word to select it in text edit mode and then choose hyperlink)
  • Oral feedback onto their books from teachers
  • Portfolio of their learning - say in science, geography or history

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