Students and teachers creating eBooks should check out Book Writer. The ease and simplicity of the intuitive interface makes this app a truly powerful tool. Children can use Book Writer to publish stories that can be shared with their families and added to an ePortfolio. Teachers can create books that document school trips or publish a collection of their students’ work.
Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets you create a book right within the app by adding pictures, text, audio recording and even music. You can export the book to iBooks for easy reading on your iPad or share it via email. Simple and fun to use, students will love being content creators on their iPads no matter what event they are documenting or story they are telling. Teachers will also find that this app lends itself to creating customized books to share with their students. Book Writer is a very impressive app!
There are lots of ways to read books on iPads (or create your own). Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs allows children read an interactive storybook by themselves, with help, or simply listen to it read aloud. With high-quality graphics and easy to flip through pages this free picture book is worth checking out!
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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.
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching reading strategies on iPads!
-Practice fluency by having children read along
-Alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, etc.,
-Great for making inferences and using pictures to support comprehension
*include discussion questions and extension activities
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Please don’t confuse me with the adult fiction author Monica Burns (she’s in the iBookstore too – but I’ve never met her!)
A fantastic alternative to YouTube is Vimeo. Unlike YouTube, Vimeo’s website isn’t block by Websense on most networks and its HD quality videos look beautiful on all screens, including the iPad. In addition to its search function, the Vimeo iPad app allows users to shoot, edit and upload their own videos.
I’ve used HD videos from Vimeo when creating interactive textbooks for the iPad. This time lapse video of the Canadian Rockies is a great example of the quality of clips available on the site.
Here’s a Common Core aligned lesson plan using this app!
Check out this Common Core lesson plan on using interactive textbooks in your classroom!
*This website isn’t censored so make sure you search and preview before sharing with students
This app is also available on Android devices.