How I Use It
My students use this app to create original work. I put it in my word work center as part of the Daily 5 to have them practice writing fiction stories that they can them publish to iBooks and use in Read to Self and Read to Someone Centers. We also share the books on our Wikispace for parents to read using an eReader. In Addition, we have used this app to create class books on specific topics. Each student illustrates and writes a page or two. When I have them do this it works best to have students write or type and print a rough draft of their page. Then, during Daily 5 students pass the iPad around as they complete their page. Again, at the end we publish the book to share. The students enjoy the diverse array of illustration materials and options. I have them type their written work first and then use the extra time to illustrate as this can go on for quite sometime. The most efficient way I have found of doing a class book is beginning with my high students and ending with my lower or students with special needs. These students often work better when I can conference with them 1 on 1 or partner them with a higher student to support them. Typically a class book project with 20 students takes 5-10 days to complete.
I have been recommending this app for 4 years now. It is easy to use, engaging to students and produces quality iBooks. The only area of improvement would be to give students their own username so it would be easier for them to find their work but overall it is not a major problem.