This October 8-9th the iBooks Author Conference will be held in Nashville, TN to bring educators together who are excited about the power for this dynamic tool. I’ve used iBooks Author for the past few years and have learned so much from fellow educators who have explored lots of ways to bring interactive iBooks into their classroom. Here’s an article on 17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now that can give you some ideas of how it’s being used by teachers. Whether you’re an Apple Distinguished Educator, tech-savvy teacher, or just excited about iBooks Author you’ll want to check out the sessions being offered.
- As you re reading highlight a piece of text and add a note. This note could be a comprehension or discussion question you want students to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
- You can access all of these notes (aka comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book you stopped to record them.
- All of these notes (aka comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
- You can then give this list to students at the beginning of a book club with the expectation that this will guide their reading responses and group discussions.
Check out my book club guide for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
If you only have one or a few iPads in your classroom, interactive story apps are great for stations and partner activities. Goodnight Safari is a beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.
iPads are a great tool for content consumption but there are plenty of free iPad apps that help students create content too! Our Story for iPad lets users write their own stories using images saved on their iPad camera roll. Add text and record your voice for each page before sharing your final product as a PDF or zip file.
Penguin Leveled Reader is a wonderful bookshelf app for young readers. Students can listen to narration, read along, and manipulate the story. This app comes with one free text from each of the four levels offered and more can be downloaded with in-app purchases.