I recently came across an app called Book Creator for iPAD. Just like the app title suggested, it is an app kids can use to create digital books. I reviewed some other apps with similar functions, like StoryKit. Comparing to StoryKit, both apps have the basic functions like adding pictures and text, recording voices and sound effects. Book Creator is more versatile than StoryKit.
Some neat functions I liked:
1. Kids can resize the picture and rotate the picture into different angles. They can put the pictures anywhere on the page, they can also put in more than one pictures on one page and decide how they want the pictures overlay on each other.
2. Adding text is easy. Kids can choose many different fonts, size, colors, and put the text anywhere on the page. They can also put the text on top of the pictures.
3. In addition to recording voices and sound effects, kids can pick a piece of music, like their favorite songs, from the iTunes Library on the device.
4. When kids finish making the book, they can choose to share via iBook, and they can open it right away from the iBook app.
What can kids do with the app?
One thing I am going to ask my son to do in the summer is to write book reports on his summer reading projects. I think this will make the writing more interesting than just a plain report. In addition to writing, he can draw and recording his voice, be it a read-aloud part of the book, or some silly noises to go with his drawing…
Another project I have in mind is a travel journey. This could be something we do together as a family. We are going to create a book on our vacation this summer. Of course, I will ask the boy to take the lead and to be in charge of the overall design of the book.
For older kids, this could also be a good tool for research projects. Kids can put in class notes, dictation, picture, music, … all in one place, makes it easy to organize the materials.
Can you think of any other uses? Love to hear your ideas!
Books Creator is available for iPAD. It is $4.99 on App Store. There is also a Lite version that is free.
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