- Text (fully customisable in size, font and colour)
- Photos or pictures.
- Recorded audio.
Below are just some ideas for using Book Creator in lessons.
As part of a Year 2 topic based on the book 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper. The children had spent an afternoon making an alternative soup for the animals in the story to try. As part of this, lots of photographs were taken as a record of what the class had been doing and to be used as a writing prompt for instructions the following day.
However, Book Creator allowed for an alternative (and more enjoyable) way of revisiting what had been done as well as becoming a writing prompt for less confident writers.
By adding text and photographs of the day (before lesson), a simple book was created to share with the children at the start of the lesson. The class were then able to review the steps taken and add them to the pages as part of the main teaching, reviewing the process and discussing the language and features used for instruction writing. The children were also asked to add the audio to accompany each step.
Very quickly, the class had a digital book explaining how to make vegetable soup in pictorial, written and audio form.
Following this, children were able to write their own instructions on how to make vegetable soup. The digital book was used to support less confident writers during their task, as they were able to revisit the book and click on each step to here an audio reminder of what was done.
Similarly, Book Creator is an excellent resource for documenting the class' work in a Science investigation. For example children can keep a record of some of the key decisions they have made throughout a scientific investigation, recording short audio or video clips explaining their thoughts (see picture below).
In a Year 2 session, investigating forces, children we able to explain what they were finding out through their investigations and add it to the book. This was a great way of reviewing what they had found out at the end of the lesson; revisiting the book and viewing each group's video clips.
Finally, children were able to add follow up questions, or further areas they would like to investigate at the end of the book. By the end of the lesson, the children had a complete book showing their investigation through initial thoughts, predictions, investigating, what had been found out and what could be done next.
In this example, children had been set the task of creating a paragraph about part of the school. One child, finding it hard to retain their thoughts, used Book Creator as a way of revisiting their thoughts and ensuring they managed to complete their writing task. Photographs were quickly added and then the child recorded a sentence about each photo. They were then able to revisit their ideas at any point during their writing and recall what they had agreed to write about.