|3L student working on the railroad chapter
This was the most challenging and rewarding part of the project for me. At the time, our district's iBooks account was not up and running. We were also debating what we wanted our iBooks Store to look like. We were sure we didn't want to just upload every student created book that was produced. I started to do some research and found Bookry. Their main focus is widgets for iBooks, but they also have a their own iBooks Store. I created an account, and uploaded 2 iBooks to the account. A test book was downloaded onto an iPad with no problems. One of my colleagues told me that it was too good to be true. Multimedia books take up a lot of bandwith. How is it possible that there is no fee for the service and no advertising on the site? I uploaded the Berwyn iBook and we found out. The site is very clitchy. A few helpers and I were unable to download the Berwyn iBook onto our iPads, no matter what we tried. At the time we were not upgraded to Maverick OS, so testing it on the laptop was not a possibility. Finally, our iBooks account was ready so I submitted the book. It took about two weeks for it to be reviewed and approved. It knew that it would be because all of the text was original, and the pictures and video were taken by Scott and his lovely wife +Lisa-Beth Lovero. The book still exists in Bookry iBooks store and in the Apple iBooks/iTunes store. It was shared with Prep B on the blog and they learned a lot about Berwyn, IL.
ISTE Standards for Students covered in this project:
1a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
1b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
2a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
2d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
3b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
5a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
Common Core State Standards used:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions and details.
|Reviewing the pictures to be used in the iBook
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