This week, Book Creator has been my app of choice for two very enjoyable lessons at both ends of Key Stage 2. It is such an intuitive and versatile app and despite its simplistic interface it is very powerful. Book creator is both the best known and easiest to use app for making E Books. Pupils simply assemble and format text , images and even sound on digital pages. These books can be shared via email, shared as a PDF or published to iBooks, the iPads virtual book shelves. I love the way that when a child has finished creating their book they can publish it in this way. Seeing it sit on a virtual bookcase alongside other books by real authors has thrilled many children this week, as it did me when I had made my first E Book.
Last night I tried out Stories About Me. a new app aimed at writing Social Stories with children with autism which was released earlier this week.. The app is described as follows:
Stories About Me allows parents and teachers to create their own social stories for their children and students. Blending photos, text, and voice recordings into a talking picture book, children can playback rich media stories of their own personal experiences.
Swiping advances the pages and tapping plays the audio; simple as that!
Creating, editing, and ordering stories is easy and simple. Sharing stories and backing them up is made possible with Dropbox integration. Parental lock feature prevents accidental edits or deletions.