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November 5, 2015

12 Quick Clicks to Make a Great eBook

By Christy Crawford
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Do you have lots of field trip or classroom photos cluttering your iPhone or tablet? Put those photos to use in a class eBook you can email to parents easily. Put a single tablet or smartphone in your writing center for authors to create talking e-books. OR hook an iPad to an LCD projector or an interactive whiteboard to create e-books as a class. (See my post "10 Terrific Ways to Use One iPad or iPhone in the Classroom" for tips to project your iPad screen.) Read on to see how my own 6-year-old son quickly made a how-to book for our Thanksgiving dinner craft with StoryKit, the FREE eBook creation app from the International Children’s Digital Library.

     

     

    1. Tap NEW BOOK from the Bookshelf.

     

    2. Tap the Photo icon to access photos on your iPad or iPhone. OR tap the Camera icon to take a new photo.

     

    3. Click Use Photo. Use your pincher fingers to shrink or enlarge the photo. Drag photo where desired.

     

     

    4. Double tap the photo to paint on top of your existing photo.

     

    5. Tap Color to bring forth a digital pallet of 80 colors. Tap Brush to choose the thickness of your tool. 

     

    6. Draw! Click Edit to return to your page.

     

    7. Tap the large +A to write text. Click Edit to return to your page. Pinch and drag to position text. (Tap the text and click Write to return to the text edit page. Tap the Paint Brush to add background color.)

     

    8. Click the Audio icon to record the text. Click Record. Hit Edit to return to your page and position the audio icon away from the text. (Classroom writers should write their text on paper, as the eBook text is not visible when recording.)

     

    9. Click Add for a new page. Or click Edit Pages, then click Arrange to use the gray triple bar to change the order of your pages. Click the Red Circle to delete pages.

     

    10. Click Done. Click Details to add Title, Author, or Book Notes.

     

    11. Click Edit to continue working. Tap Share to send your eBook to families or friends.

    12. Tap Read to let young readers browse books without changing the text or pictures.

    Use StoryKit to write historical fiction with beautiful illustrations, autobiographies, or to record science experiments. Suggest parents use it to entertain budding writers stuck in the Laundromat, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or during the holidays to preserve family memories. 


    Ready for Thanksgiving?

    • Or participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen! Use my post "Valuing Your History" to spark rich, family conversations to preserve in the Library of Congress.

     

    Here's a special Thanksgiving treat for my readers, friends, and family! Use this coupon during your holiday shopping for all the book lovers on your list.

     

    Do you have lots of field trip or classroom photos cluttering your iPhone or tablet? Put those photos to use in a class eBook you can email to parents easily. Put a single tablet or smartphone in your writing center for authors to create talking e-books. OR hook an iPad to an LCD projector or an interactive whiteboard to create e-books as a class. (See my post "10 Terrific Ways to Use One iPad or iPhone in the Classroom" for tips to project your iPad screen.) Read on to see how my own 6-year-old son quickly made a how-to book for our Thanksgiving dinner craft with StoryKit, the FREE eBook creation app from the International Children’s Digital Library.

     

     

    1. Tap NEW BOOK from the Bookshelf.

     

    2. Tap the Photo icon to access photos on your iPad or iPhone. OR tap the Camera icon to take a new photo.

     

    3. Click Use Photo. Use your pincher fingers to shrink or enlarge the photo. Drag photo where desired.

     

     

    4. Double tap the photo to paint on top of your existing photo.

     

    5. Tap Color to bring forth a digital pallet of 80 colors. Tap Brush to choose the thickness of your tool. 

     

    6. Draw! Click Edit to return to your page.

     

    7. Tap the large +A to write text. Click Edit to return to your page. Pinch and drag to position text. (Tap the text and click Write to return to the text edit page. Tap the Paint Brush to add background color.)

     

    8. Click the Audio icon to record the text. Click Record. Hit Edit to return to your page and position the audio icon away from the text. (Classroom writers should write their text on paper, as the eBook text is not visible when recording.)

     

    9. Click Add for a new page. Or click Edit Pages, then click Arrange to use the gray triple bar to change the order of your pages. Click the Red Circle to delete pages.

     

    10. Click Done. Click Details to add Title, Author, or Book Notes.

     

    11. Click Edit to continue working. Tap Share to send your eBook to families or friends.

    12. Tap Read to let young readers browse books without changing the text or pictures.

    Use StoryKit to write historical fiction with beautiful illustrations, autobiographies, or to record science experiments. Suggest parents use it to entertain budding writers stuck in the Laundromat, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or during the holidays to preserve family memories. 


    Ready for Thanksgiving?

    • Or participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen! Use my post "Valuing Your History" to spark rich, family conversations to preserve in the Library of Congress.

     

    Here's a special Thanksgiving treat for my readers, friends, and family! Use this coupon during your holiday shopping for all the book lovers on your list.

     

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