“Picturebook: School Edition” is an Ebook creator app that can be purchased through iTunes. Students in the early primary grades, would enjoy creating with this. My story with its rhyming pattern is fashioned after the book,” Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See” written by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. In “Picturebook: School Edition” you can choose pictures from 13 different categories or use your own photos, as well you have 6 different design covers to choose from. When looking to choose a title one has to be watchful of the title length. I originally called the book "Farm Animals, Farm Animals What Do You See?" but in read mode part of the title was cut off, hence a shorter version. When writing the story itself, you can write text on the first page and then copy it page to page or add new text to each page.
I found it took me much longer to create the book than I expected. A good reminder that one needs to use a tool as one sees their students using it, so they have a true sense of the experience.
This app has a number of possibilities for young primary students. An idea I had is in relation to the buddy system, older students working with early primary students, the younger students could choose the pictures and then together th students come up with the text for each page, with the older typing the text. Tracy Cameron, the leader of the cohort led seminar on Ebooks/ETextbooks for which I created this book, suggested, “This would be a great way to introduce students to the creation of eBooks, by having them re-create a story before creating their own! This way they could focus more on the creation and the aspects they want to include instead of focusing on the story. Then their second eBook could focus on a story they have created and they will have had experience already with the creative side of an eBook. “.
One thing I wondered, as I was creating this story on my iPad, if children are exposed to tablet and smartphone use from a young age will creating stories with this app, which is at a basic level, be something they will have been involved in for a few year and as such will they then be looking for more advanced opportunities for creating Ebooks, or will this once again depend on each students pre-school experiences and thus affect the level of technology skill that students come to school with. If so could this variance in skill level, among students in class, be a barrier to what technology you look to integrate into your classroom? In looking to our critical challenge question, “How might we deal with this barrier?. Best pedagogy sees teachers assessing students’ skill levels and developing ones curriculum based on this. We take students from where they are and move forth. What Ebook creator one student uses may be very different from what another student uses. Once again we need to look at meeting each student's individual learning needs.
"Picturebook: School Edition"By Maplekey Company, LLC
Description from : http://bit.ly/1dXnKYP
Create and share your very own illustrated stories in a few simple steps!
Picturebook: School Edition includes over 250 illustrations in 12 complete picture sets and all available add-on features. Plus: No ads and no in-app purchases.
Choose from a constantly updating library of cute pictures. Narrate your story with any text you like. Add your own photos.
Share your picture book with friends and relatives. Curl up and read your very own bedtime story.
- + Nurtures creativity and writing skills
- + Can be used as a digital sticker book without text for younger children
- + Fun for all ages (parents, too!)
- + Installed picture sets include school, farm animals, Cinderella, ninjas, pirates, vampires, dinosaurs, Santa, Halloween, rescue, space, and more
- + Include your own pictures to make a photo album
- + Share picture books through Facebook, email PDF, or directly with other Picturebook users
- + No ads and no in-app purchases
- + Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- +Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Want to try the app for free first? Check out Picturebook - http://bit.ly/picturebookApp
See Bear and Bear make a story at: http://bit.ly/picturebookAppVid
Maplekey Company, LLC is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: all Categories: Creative Play, Book