How I Use It
Book Creator has been used to create books but also videos that showcase learning in the classroom. Here are some examples:
1. Science Experiments: Create a template in BC with guiding words for experiments and export these as epub files to each iPad. Children can then duplicate the books to create experiment notebooks using photos and videos and voice to explain their process and their reflection. (Individual or Small Group task)
2. Science Experiments: (Whole Class Task): As the class undertakes an experiment, one person (teacher) can have prepared a new book on BC. During the experiment take photos and videos of the students in action. After the experiment, use text to write guiding questions (What did you see? How was it changing?) and have students respond by adding their voice.
3. Pre-Knowledge Gathering: At the beginning of a unit, have students interact with books/artefacts related to the unit. While they are exploring, have them photograph and use their voice to explain what their current thinking is. This book of pre-knowledge can be added to and revised ("I used to think.....but now I think....") to show new learnings.
I think Book Creator opens up so many possibilities for teachers and students. Because it is so open and can be exported as a book for the creation of a student bookshelf of learning or saved to the camera roll as a video, the products created can be easily shared. The best part is because the number of books is unlimited (in the paid version) the process can be documented in a way that values the learning that occurs during a unit of work, not just the showcasing of a final product. The new updates to Book Creator (Bookshelves and the Comic layouts) are adding another level of complexity and diversity to the app. If you are on a budget, this app would be one that I would definitely include as it has so many features and options for use across the curriculum.