Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Day Two: iBooks Author


Day Two unveiled the power of Apple iBooks Author.  What a fantastic tool that allows you to create books that people can touch, interact with and and treat like a real media experience.  iBooks author has a number of fantastic features that go way beyond the printed page.  These include:
  • 3D images that readers can manipulate with a touch - so instead of seeing a cross section of a brain, they can see all sections. 
  • Interactive images that allow the reader to pan and zoom.
  • Interactive galleries where readers can swipe through an entire collection of interactive photos and captions with their fingertips.
  • Highlighting and note taking that allow the reader to use their finger as a highlighter, and add a note to a page instantly. 
  • Study cards that show all of the readers notes and highlights. 
  • Built in accessibility that allows the reader to use VoiceOver technology, and access accessibility descriptions to any widget or media - including movies - for those with vision impairments.   





Ten Ways that iBooks Author Can be Used in the Classroom
  • Portfolios – Students can use iBooks to create an interactive portfolio, showing their best work in an effective and engaging way.
  • How to Books – Students can use iBooks to create how to books for cooking, baking, making things, using technology, etc.
  • School Reports – Students can use iBooks to create reports about vacations, or school trips.
  • Social Stories – Teachers can use iBooks to create social stories for their students.
  • Rulebooks – Students can use iBooks to create rulebooks on the rules of hockey, soccer, chess, etc.
  • Brochures – Students can use iBooks to create interactive brochures.
  • Class Newsletters – Teachers can use iBooks to create a class newsletter.
  • Professional Development – Teachers can use iBooks to create informational resources for teachers on topics such as assessment, literacy, and technology to enhance their understandings.
  • Reference Manuals – Teachers can use iBooks to create a reference manual for students (e.g., reminders on complex sentences, or capitalization).


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