I am a huge fan of iBooks Author! It is a fantastic tool for teachers looking to create content for their students. I’ve used it to make customized textbooks for a fifth grade Social Studies unit on Canada and Science unit on Sustainability. iBooks Author can also be used to share student work to turn them into published authors. It’s the same tool I used to create my eBooks to… Read Article →
Another great app for teaching American History or exploring a biography, Abraham Lincoln Interactive is a fantastic choice for using with students. In addition to a photo gallery and slideshow of quotes, this interactive textbook lets kids access video and see primary source documents. The first few chapters of the book are free and an in app purchase unlocks all content. Visit the Apple App Store to learn more!
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… Read Article →
I’ve shared some of my favorite storybook apps and this one is perfect for teaching children science stories! Shout Science is an interactive book that tells the stories behind science discoveries. This totally free science ebook app presents information to students using nonfiction text features. Finding a science eBook with compelling graphics and a high-interest content is a challenge at any grade level. The content in Shout Science can spark discussions… Read Article →
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. Children need to experience read alouds regularly. This iPad app is a great way to empower students to take charge with their own reading – even if the text isn’t something they can… Read Article →
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!
Very excited to announce that my new children’s book “Swim Dive Splash” is now available in the iBookstore! Perfect for teaching figurative language and narrative poetry. With full audio support – it reads itself! -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 Want to spread the news? Download the flyer here: Swim… Read Article →
iBooks Author is a fantastic way to get students involved in their own learning. If you’re dedicated to providing engaging lessons for your students then creating interactive textbooks needs to go on your to do list. iBooks Author has a short learning curve, and here are just some of the things you can do: I use text from various Internet sources and alter it so the reading level is appropriate… Read Article →
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… Read Article →