How I Use It
I use this in a lower primary school setting and I had teachers use Book Creator successfully in preschool and kindergarten classes to publish class collections of poetry or stories. Using the built-in camera, you can capture actual student illustrations and then record the students telling their story or reading work aloud. Another use is publishing stories in grade 2 classrooms. I have worked with classes who use the app as a way to enhance the writing process and bring in a digital literacy component. Students can create digital illustrations in different apps and bring them into Book Creator or or take photos of "hardcopy" illustrations. We have found that having the students record their stories has added an element of revision to the writing process that is not possible by just using pencil and paper. Students make improvements as they listen to their own stories and add more details and fluency. Parents are also introduced to the world of ePubs as we can email the books to their mobile devices on the spot which makes for some exciting buzz in class publishing parties.
After reviewing practicing with many storytelling apps on the iPad, I found this one the easiest to use with early learners. The app is open ended so you can use it in so many different ways to showcase, document and publish student work and learning. Super easy to get started and the add draw tools make it even better.The tools available: text, draw, pictures/photos, and audio allow students to practice their beginning design skills as they share their learning with others.