Friday, 17 February 2017

Digital Storytelling Through eBook's

Publishing digital books today is easier than ever before. Whether you have 1 iPad or 30 iPads in your classroom, you can guide students to create amazing work. Digital story telling can give your students a voice and audience! Learn how to get students away from consuming content to be creators of content and then publishing it as a digital book. Digital creation can engage students at any grade level while enhancing their writing, understanding and critical thinking skills. The first step to know is to look at the 5 C's of Mulit-Touch Book Publishing





You will learn start to finish workflow on how to manage a collaborative approach to creating eBooks with multiple apps. Attendees will see many sample eBooks that students have created to give you ideas and inspiration. Class portfolio creation has never been easier!


Learn how you can use:
• Book Creator allows learners to publish and show their learning by combining text, photos, video's and audio to tell a story. Easily import content from other apps such as: Comic Life and Explain Everything.


My new favourite iPad App for Digital Story Telling


Toontastic 3D
I am a big fan of the new upgraded Toontastic 3D app. This app has had a major update and is now so easy to use and a great way for students to show what they have learned. I have found that this app is a great way for students to present and show their learning on any topic. Before you have students use 

Here are some basics on how to use this app. 
1. You choose the format of the story you want to create: Short Story (3 parts), Classic Story (5 parts) and Science Report (5 parts)

2. You then get to see the different parts of the story. You can edit them and add more parts on this screen too. The next step is to tap on the story you want start with: beginning, middle, end.


3. In this step you need to choose a pre-done template for your background settings. These pre-done templates are: Dolares High School (City), Curiosity Crater (Space), Tunich's Temple (Explorers), Shipshape Cove (Pirates), Cyan Sea (Atlantis), Sneaky Peak (Spy), Camp Whatwasthat (Spooky Camp), & The Fearless Flyer (Airpunks).
Alternatively you can draw your own background.

4.  Now you can choose your character(s) to use in the scene. There is a large selection of characters that you can customize. Part of the customizing is the option to add your photo to their face.
Alternatively you can draw your own characters.


5. Next you are able to start recording and when you move characters and talk the animation will begin. It is best explained by seeing examples and playing around.

Again, download this free app and play around with it.


Below is a great example from my students on what can be done with this flexible app.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Fostering Creation Using iPads for Student created ebooks and iBooks

Publishing digital books today is now really easy. Whether you have 1 iPad or 30 iPads in your classroom, you can guide students to create amazing work. Mobile devices today can be used to weave together audio, video, images, & text in creative ways (App Smashing). 

I put this session together for the Vancouver iOS Summit on January 31, 2014

I will show you how to get students away from consuming content to be creators of content and then publishing it as a digital book. Digital creation can engage students at any grade level while enhancing their writing, understanding and critical thinking skills. We will discuss why you should create digital books in your classroom and how to create them with easy apps and techniques. You will see many sample eBooks that students have created to give you ideas and inspiration.

The 5 C's of eBook Publishing

  • Collaborate
  • Create
  • Collect
  • Combine
  • Circulate


I feature the following favourite apps that I use frequently to App-Smash content for eBooks:
  • iBooks Author
  • Book Creator
  • Comic Life
  • iMovie
  • Inspiration
  • Green Screen


Here is a link to the full presentation on slideshare. Below is the embedded document.