These are my notes from Meg Wilson‘s breakout presentation, “iAuthor an iBook: Creating iBooks on the iPad” at the 2013 ICE Conference outside Chicago, Illinois. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

AT THE START OF THIS SESSION I USED HOLLER GRAM (FREE) ON MY IPAD TO SHARE SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MEG. :-)

Meg is going to create a book today as her presentation
- with the presentation content
- going to share via dropbox

Session: iAuthor an iBook
- the word “author” is so powerful
- you wrote a book!
- we all have a story to share
- when we can author our own content, we are offering an opportunity for others to learn from us
- authoring is a powerful part of education

Hearing students’ authentic voice in a way you can share is so important and powerful

When teachers write for their teacher they make it ‘good enough’
- when the create

QRafter App

iBooks are in ePUB format
- allows for reflow able text
- you can make the book interact in a way you want it to act
- book will readjust and flow around ideas
- allows for multimedia
- can embed media

MY THOUGHT: NOT ALL EPUB-COMPATIBLE EREADERS WILL PLAY EMBEDDED MEDIA THAT THE iBOOKS APP FROM APPLE WILL…

tap into text you’ve written, audio you’ve recorded, things you’ve drawn, images and video you’ve taken, and link to the Internet

Why create an iBook?
- to personalize learning

Embedding a video which I recorded this morning with Sue Goreman
- copying the link to Sue’s Twitter ID
- when I paste something, it asks if I want to paste text or a link

We should give students opportunities

other reasons to create iBooks
- show what you know assessments
- research topics
- sequencing events
- creative writing
- retell historical events
- note-taking
- guided writing
- content creation
- language acquisition and immersion
- vocabulary activities

Content creation with kids is and can be amazing

Today we are using the app Book Creator for iPad

Book Creator | The simple way to create beautiful books on the iPad

Book creation apps I use with students
- Book Creator ($5)
- My Story ($2 with younger students)
- Creative Book Builder ($4 with older kids, can import into Google Docs)
- StoryBuddy ($5)
- eBook Journal ($5)
- Book Writer ($4)
- Picturebook ($3 for school edition)
- Writer’s Studio ($1)
- Demibooks Composer ($6)
- Little Story Maker (free)
- Story Creator (free)
- I Like Books
- Scribble Press ($4)
- Scribble My Story (free)
- Storyteller Deluxe ($2)

This full list is on http://list.ly/list/3QW-book-creation-on-the-ipad (but beware because some of those links are to the Australian iBooks store)

Process:
- curate
- create
- consume

Story of a student after creating first eBook: “I’m a book!”
- the power of publishing

Example book the teacher uploaded to “Showbie” where they manage student work
MY THOUGHT: THIS APP LOOKS GREAT FOR COLLECTING AND MANAGING STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS!
- teachers can provide written and audio feedback
- free for schools now
- login, not with an email tho!
- can give parents a login! They can access all student work and feedback

Schoology can also work, Edmodo
- ME: ALSO MY BIG CAMPUS

We asked students to compose on the iPads in Pages
- they used the ‘speak selection’ option for students to listen to their own typed sentences
used for proofreading

Download the eBook from this session! tinyurl.com/iBookICE

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