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27 Feb 2012
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Exceptional E-Book Creators: Episode 20

E-Books in the iClassroom: How can, have, or will you use E-Book projects in your classroom? Want to win a free promo code for the full version of Albums FX (regularly $4.99)?

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  1. Grade Level  and Content area taught
  2. Details and info about how you can, have, or will use app(s) to create an E-Book project with your class.
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Now that I have your attention…

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 20: “Exceptional E-book Creators“. In this episode we featured nine FREE apps that could be utilized to create an E-book on the iPad. We discussed the features of each app as well as how it could be integrated into the classroom in multiple content areas and grade levels.

This week we discussed the following free apps:

  1. Story Spine: (also check out Words 4 Students for more mad-lib like apps to create a framework for a creative writing piece)
  2. StoryKit: (International Children’s Library)
  3. Picturebook (take a glimpse at Picturebook School Edition with 250 illustrations in 12 complete picture sets)
  4. iPen Free: (take a peek at iPen, XNote, and XNote Free)
  5. Demibooks Composer: (take a gander at Demibooks Composer User Guide)
  6. Albums FX Lite: (leave a comment and be entered to win Albums FX with unlimited albums and pages and tons of content)
  7. Clibe: (take a peek at their site and all of the public journals in the Clibe gallery)
  8. ScrapPad Movie Night Collage: (also check out Back to School and 9 other FREE themed books)
  9. Album App: (Tips & Tricks)

 

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly.

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17 Feb 2012
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iSpy a Story

Tasked with the initiative to gather student products created from intra-district iPad Lessons, I sent out an email to my campuses that had multiple devices (see below).
 

Letter to My Campuses


 
Within a few minutes, I started receiving emails with student work attachments. Many times I have a specific idea or set of ideas for how an app can be used.
 

Blank Story Spine Template in app

Story Spine Teacher-Created Apptivity: It is always refreshing when I come across innovative and purposeful classroom integration ideas as the ones Ashley Solomon (8th grade ACL & Reading Workshop at Ed White Middle School) shared below using the app Story Spine:
  1. Grade Level: 7th grade
  2. Content Area: Reading Workshop
  3. Topic/Focus/TEKS: The focus was chronological order/sequence of events.
  4. Quick Summary of the Lesson: The book for this week was, “The Transcontinental Railroad.” I had them use the “Story Spine” app to write a story about the transcontinental railroad. I started them out with the first sentence, “Once upon a time many people traveled to California to search for gold.”
  5. Student Task or Product: They were responsible for finishing the story by looking for dates and keywords like, first, last, then, etc in their book. This was an independent activity. The product was their story.
  6. Teacher Notes: I asked them to email it to me and I printed them. I usually have 1 or 2 students volunteer to read their story. For my Reading Workshop kids, an activity like this would take about 30 minutes. So, it can be completed in one day.  I usually don’t print the same day so they won’t get to read their story until the following day.

 

Student Sample of Story Spine Project copied into Notes app


 
What really speaks testaments about this assignment above and beyond the purposeful use of technology and cross-curricular content integration is the fact that the students in her classes have not passed the Reading TAKS. Mrs. Solomon actively integrates the iPads at least three days a week to support and improve student literacy and reading comprehension and will be sharing further lessons over the next few weeks with the techchef4u diners. While she doesn’t believe any of them are “earth shattering”, I would have to disagree as I feel they present lots of app-tastic iPadsibilities. Another thing to note is that student engagement in her classroom is on the rise and paper waste is on the decline.
 
For more iPad Mad-Lib apptivities, check out these.