The second session I attended on Tuesday, Feb. 12th was titled “Student-Created Multimedia eBooks on the iPad in Grades K-3.” The presenter was Jeremy Brueck, Director of the Digital Text Initiative at the University of Akron. He did very little lecture and more demonstration and hands on learning.
In his presentation, Mr. Brueck shared a great website “Getting Started with Student and Teacher Created eBooks.” This site will be limitlessly helpful when preparing for lessons on creating eBooks with my students.
Book on the website and in the presentation, Mr. Brueck shared many free iOS Apps for creating content like PicStitch, Photo Crop, Skitch, and Doodle Buddy. He also shared free apps for creating the books like Story Creator and Little Story Maker. These elements are striking to me because he has tried each of these Apps and suggests them for use.
I plan to share these Apps and Mr. Brueck’s website with the staff at my school during our morning PLC meetings. I also plan to share these ideas with other teachers in our district and my PLN by sharing my website, http://staff.bbhcsd.org/kolism and directing them to the eTech Ohio section.
Using more eBook creation Apps will certainly change the instructional level in my classroom. Rather than using only content Apps for “drill and kill,” I will now be able to effortlessly implement more creation Apps.
I enjoy following Mr. Brueck’s work through twitter and find him to be a valuable member of my Personal Learning Network.