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Creating eBooks Using the Book Creator App

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Book Creator is a powerful, yet easy-to-use iPad app that allows for K-12 students and teachers to create eBooks using text, images, sound, and video. The eBooks can then be shared in either the ePub or PDF format and published for others to read and enjoy!

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Creating eBooks Using the Book Creator App

  1. 1. Using Book Creator on the iPad to Create eBooks
  2. 2. Plan for the Session Welcome and Introductions eBook 101 – A Brief Intro to the World of eBooks Ideas for Using eBooks in Learning How Can eBooks Be Created? What is Book Creator? Examples of Book Creator Created Books  Getting Started with Book Creator / App Overview Basic Book Creator (Text, Drawing, New Pages, etc.) More Book Creator (Images, Sound, Video) Exporting the Book Creator Book (PDF, ePub, etc.) Questions / Showtime / Evaluation
  3. 3. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro eBook availability and usage inside / outside K12 education is increasing eBooks are available in a variety of formats (Kindle, ePub, iBook, app) Until recently, eBook publication the venue of the professional publishing houses eBooks now echoing what happened with WWW through a process of democratization allowing anyone to become a publisher
  4. 4. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro eBooks available for download from a variety of sources can be pay or free depending on the publisher preferences eBooks can also be created using a variety of tools and platforms depending on the publisher preferences K-12 education has seen the possibilities in using and publishing a wide range of eBooks Educators around the world are developing and publishing their own eBooks for a variety of reasons
  5. 5. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro CK-12
  6. 6. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro California Open Source Textbook Project
  7. 7. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro Hot Apps 4 HOTS
  8. 8. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro The Teacher’s Awesome App Guide and Resource Book
  9. 9. eBooks 101 – A Brief Into Students can also create eBooks: using a variety of different tools for a wide variety of different curricular areas at any grade level project-based learning uses technology at the higher levels of the SAMR framework, engages range of Gardner’s MI’s, and constructivism formative / summative assessment for / of learning explaining something to someone else requires deeper / more complex thinking can be highly engaging / motivating / creative
  10. 10. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro I See Numbers All Over The Place (Kindergarten)
  11. 11. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro Modern Canterbury Stories (AP English Class)
  12. 12. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro Peter and Amy Go On a Picnic (Kindergarten)
  13. 13. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro The Two Kids and Desert Town (Grade 5)
  14. 14. eBooks 101 – A Brief Intro The Rides at Great Adventure and How They Relate to Physics
  15. 15. Ideas for Using eBooks in Learning Students and Teachers can create eBooks for a myriad / veritable cornucopia of curricular and topic areas: Digital Storytelling “How to” Books (Science Safety, Play the Ukulele, etc.) Collaborative Books (Between Students Near and Far, etc.) Non-Fiction Books (Explaining a Social / Scientific Issue, etc.) “Fact” Books (Colours, Numbers, Seasons, etc.) Photo Books (Impressionism, Cubism, Student Photos, etc.) Poetry Anthologies (Collection of Student(s) Work) Personal “About Me” Books (Student Autobiographies) Portfolio Books (The Life and Times of…) Teacher-Created Textbooks (Any topic) Etc.
  16. 16. How Can eBooks Be Created? There are three predominant digital formats Word Processor (MS Office, etc.) documents Adobe PDFs ePub / eBooks Apple iBooks Author Sigil iPad Apps (Scribble Press, Creative Book Builder, Book Creator, etc.
  17. 17. What is Book Creator? An app for the iPad only (no iPhone / iPod version) Free* and paid $4.99 / ($2.50 if > 20) version available Highly capable, yet easy-to-use software, very popular Can use images, sounds, videos, text, drawing within the book Allows user to create PDF’s, ePubs, import into iBooks for others to download (even potentially pay!) eBooks can be viewed on multiple devices / platforms / content is fully controlled by publisher (you!) Anyone can use Book Creator!
  18. 18. Book Creator Created Books APPlied Poetry – A Multimedia Anthology of Poetry
  19. 19. Book Creator Created Books The Nervous System
  20. 20. Book Creator Created Books Night Night Tokyo
  21. 21. Book Creator Created Books Bakes and Treats
  22. 22. Book Creator Created Books Twelve Birds and Their Songs
  23. 23. Book Creator Created Books Twelve Birds and Their Songs
  24. 24. Getting Started with Book Creator
  25. 25. Getting Started with Book Creator
  26. 26. Getting Started with Book Creator
  27. 27. Getting Started with Book Creator
  28. 28. Getting Started with Book Creator
  29. 29. Your Turn! Start the Book Creator app Select to create NEW BOOK Choose the book shape that you would like to work with Click the INFO (“I” in a Circle) and select the PAGE COLOUR If you have songs on your iPad, you can use these as the “SOUNDTRACK” but is not necessary After finished tap anywhere on the page to close the menu – no need to click OK!
  30. 30. Basic Book Creator • • • • Basic Book Setup Adding Text Adding Drawings Adding New Pages
  31. 31. Your Turn! Click on the PLUS + and select ADD TEXT and create a title for your eBook and your name Click the INFO (“I” in a Circle) and select the text settings Click on the PLUS + and select PEN and create a drawing to go with your text As you draw, you will get the pen controls (no need for the INFO (“I” in a Circle) Click the arrow on the right side of the screen to add a new page
  32. 32. More Book Creator • Adding Images • Adding Sound / Music • Adding Video
  33. 33. More Book Creator • Adding Images • Adding Sound / Music • Adding Video
  34. 34. Your Turn! Leave the Book Creator app and access the CAMERA app With the camera in PHOTO mode, take at least 4 to 10 pictures of things somewhat related to your topic (perhaps have someone take a picture of you, the author too!) Leave the Camera app and return to the Book Creator app Click on the PLUS + and select PHOTOS and add 1 or 2 or more of your images to the blank eBook page Add in text and a drawing on the blank page as well!
  35. 35. More Book Creator
  36. 36. Your Turn! Leave the Book Creator app and access the SAFARI web browser app Go to Google and use the images search to locate at least 5 to 10 images related to your eBook topic To copy the image to the PHOTOS, you need to select the image from Google to view by taping once on the image, and then press and hold on top of the image until the SAVE IMAGE option menu appears Leave the Safari web browser app and return to the Book Creator app
  37. 37. More Book Creator
  38. 38. Your Turn! Click on the PLUS + and select SOUND and click on the RECORD button Add in as many recordings as you would like Add in text and a drawing on the page as well!
  39. 39. More Book Creator • Adding Images • Adding Sound / Music • Adding Video
  40. 40. Your Turn! Leave the Book Creator app and access the CAMERA app With the camera in VIDEO mode, take at least 2 to 3 short videos of things somewhat related to your topic (perhaps have someone take a video of you, the author too!) Leave the Camera app and return to the Book Creator app Click on the PLUS + and select PHOTOS and add 1 of your videos to the blank eBook page Add in images, text, and a drawing on the blank page as well!
  41. 41. More Book Creator
  42. 42. More Book Creator
  43. 43. More Book Creator
  44. 44. More Book Creator
  45. 45. More Book Creator
  46. 46. Your Turn! Now you have some time to work by yourself or with some other people in the room to create your eBook. Take your time and explore all of the capabilities of the Book Creator software Please ask as many questions as you like / need to ensure that you understand how to use the software fully!
  47. 47. Exporting the Book Creator Book
  48. 48. Your Turn! Return to your Book Creator book collection by clicking the MY BOOKS link Click the INFO (“I” in a Circle) and enter the TITLE and AUTHOR information You can go back and edit the book further at any time in the future just by tapping on the book title page in your Book Creator book collection
  49. 49. Exporting the Book Creator Book
  50. 50. Exporting the Book Creator Book
  51. 51. Your Turn! Return to your Book Creator book collection by clicking the MY BOOKS link EXPORT #1 - Click the EXPORT (Rectangle with an arrow going out of it) and select EMAIL BOOK and mail the eBook to your email account so you can view it in the future EXPORT #2 - Click the EXPORT (Rectangle with an arrow going out of it) and select EXPORT PDF and EMAIL PDF and mail the eBook to your email account so you can view it in the future EXPORT #3 - Click the EXPORT (Rectangle with an arrow going out of it) and select OPEN IN ANOTHER APP and select OPEN IN IBOOKS. If you do not have iBooks on your iPad, download it now and try this step again in Book Creator
  52. 52. Extra Book Creator Information
  53. 53. Extra Book Creator Information Handout provide additional information that may be useful to you and your students for using Book Creator Reminder of student privacy issues regarding publishing books with identifiable student information (images, names, etc.) ePub / PDF files can be uploaded to district SharePoint / Moodle server for access and viewing You as an individual can publish books to the iTunes BookStore for free or can sell them – instructions in the handout for where to get further information
  54. 54. Extra Book Creator Information Book Creator FAQ Website
  55. 55. Extra Book Creator Information Book Creator Support / Documentation Website
  56. 56. Extra Book Creator Information Made in Book Creator Pinterest Website
  57. 57. Extra Book Creator Information ePUB Straight to the Point Website
  58. 58. Extra Book Creator Information Apple Authors & Book Publishers FAQ Website
  59. 59. Thanks – Happy Publishing!

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