iBook Author, iThink Awesome!!!
Type of technology: computer program
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition (because you can’t do this on paper)
Grade level: 1-college
Subject area: Write a book about any subject
Make your own class eBook with iBook Author. The program is a free application on a mac and easy to use. Unlike most eBooks you can add your own videos, sound effects, drawings, pictures, and much more. The program keeps getting updated with new templates and features that enhance the experience for the user. I had my class write chapters of a historical fiction (CA history-gold rush) book we were creating on Google docs. Then, all the students edited the chapters, making comments with their constructive feedback. Finally, we took our final drafts and put them together in iBook Author. I had students add pictures they had drawn, use videos to reenact the chapters they had written, add sound effects to specific parts of the reading, play violin as background music to their chapter to enhance the mood, and add photographs they had taken. The amount of creativity that this provides students is endless. Have fun!
To view the book click this link: Found Gold Yesterday, Saving Dad Tomorrow!
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