Tag Archives: interactive textbooks

Book Writer for Easy Publishing

27 Jan


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!

Shout Science Interactive Storybook

6 Dec

image (84)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 stories behind science discoveries.  Students can scroll through a timeline and read about famous scientists.

Check out one of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching science!

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

28 Oct

image (51)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!

Check out my favorite apps for teaching Common Core ELA!


Penguin Leveled Readers: iPad Bookshelf

31 Jul

image (53)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!

My New eBook “Swim Dive Splash”

28 Apr

Swim Dive Splash

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 Dive Splash

Please don’t confuse me with the adult fiction author Monica Burns (she’s in the iBookstore too – but I’ve never met her!)

Create Your Own Textbook

24 Oct


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 for my students
  • Google Image search is perfect for finding high resolution pictures to add to your Gallery
  • If you’re not a fan of YouTube, Vimeo is a great resource for high resolution videos
  • You can even add review questions to the end of each chapter

20121021-184439.jpgI often have my students locate content for their interactive textbooks – it empowers them and requires higher order thinking skills like creating and analyzing.

Check out my lesson plan on creating interactive textbooks with your students!


Here’s another lesson plan on using interactive textbooks in your classroom!


Vimeo for Videos

31 May

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.