Teacher Review For Book Creator

We found the app very helpful for digital publishing and sharing a project with families.

Nick Z.
Technology coordinator
A Great School, New York, NY
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used it with Kindergarten classes, as a way to wrap up a unit project- with one class, we created an ebook as part of a wrap up on a year-long study of fairy tales. With another Kindergarten class, we created the book to display student narrative and illustrations that summed up a unit on Antartica. In 4th grade last year, students created ebooks that served as manuals to promote an anti-bullying campaign. Students took video of themselves modeling desirable/undesirables behaviors around bullying. The book was a part of a library project that incorporated technology and library science. The app is amazing. I have no problems with it. The only complication with the app is sharing a book with families. Because media will make the book a larger file, you will have to export the book to Itunes, then download the Epub version of the book, and send that Epub to families. The benefit, however, is that parents can add the book to their Ibooks library (if they have an IOS device.)
My Take
I have found the app very helpful when a creating a class ebook, to share student work with families. The ability to add video and audio, in addition to images, makes the books much more engaging for families. While we used the project mostly as a way for teachers to capture and display student work, the app could easily be used as a way for students to create books as a means of retelling a story, or creating instructional materials (for student-led instruction.)