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Posted on Mar 31, 2015 in General, Spotlight |

iBook, uBook Create a Book!

iBook, uBook Create a Book!

As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” When teachers at Speegleville Elementary decided to write a grant for a collaborative book creation app, this thought was at the forefront of the planning. Teaching students how to conduct research and how to write a story utilizing that research is sometimes a tedious task. But, pair them up with students from other classes or campuses and give them the goal to create a book together and “tedious” not only becomes “real”, it becomes fun!

Through a Midway Education Foundation Grant Express grant, all K-4 students at Speegleville Elementary received the full version of the Book Creator app for their iPads. Each grade level then devised a collaborative book writing project with either another class on campus or with a class from Spring Valley Elementary. Students covered a variety of skills including:

  • Emailing partners
  • Researching using books and the Internet
  • Writing and revising
  • Citing sources properly
  • Publishing to their iBook shelf

The types of books created were varied and cross curricular (project list below).

  • Kindergarten – Our Rock Book
  • First Grade – choice of My Favorite Sport or My Favorite Things
  • Second Grade – Historic Americans
  • Third Grade – My Favorite Animal
  • Fourth Grade – The Major Battles of the Texas Revolution

Projects can be saved as books, PDFs or even movies. It was an all-out learning experience! View some of the projects below.

Our Rock Book – Kinder

Kids Have Fun – 1st grade

Roosevelt – 2nd grade

Giraffes – 3rd grade          Lions – 3rd grade

Battles of Texas Revolution – 4th grade