Teacher Review for Book Creator

Must have app for all students!

Cathy H.
Classroom teacher
Moorlands Elementary School
Kenmore, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have a 1:1 iPad Kindergarten environment. I thought I would have to wait until latter in year to introduce students to this app to give my students time to mature (cognitively and socially), but I found that bu November the children (all ranges) were not only ready but creatively and enthusiastically using this product to create simple picture books, to audio books to more complex projects: How to Play Mindcraft (downloading images, creating sentences and then adding audio). We used this across many subjects - reading journals, science journals, writing projects, personal favorites journals, sight word books, math journals, etc., etc., Due to the open format and being what I call CREATION app the children took responsibility for the creation and responsibility of the learning. They blossomed as they worked to create a book that was attractive and inviting for their friends and readers. When the children produced a piece of work that we determined was a "quality" piece they would publish it to iBooks and share with the class as well as post to Seesaw learning journal ot attach as a ebook or PDF and send to family members.
My Take
I think this app is a must for all classrooms. It provides a wide range of tools to support the youngest to most sophisticated thinkers. WORKED: elegant, powerful, intuitive user interface. Easy enough for a 5 year old to problem solve and figure out. Applicable to all content/subje areas. Fun to use. CHALLENGES: sharing and publishing can be time consuming if students do not have emails. We had to send it to my teacher address and then out to parents. Having a direct option in SHARE icon now to apps like Seesaw Learning journal helps but the access to file is limited to those who have access to Seesaw student account.