I’m delighted to share that the story collections, created by our fourth grade students in Mrs. Swanson’s language arts classes, are now available for free download on 51 iTunes stores all over the world! Each student wrote and typed a story, created illustrations, and recorded the audio narrations. The stories are combined together into a separate volume for each class. This was a major project and required many days of work by each student to create a professional looking story for our collection. I am so proud of the students’ amazing work!
For iPhone, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, or iPad with the free iBooks app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Here are the links to download the books:
Swanson Story Collection
Steer Story Collection
For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below. On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file. If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files. (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:
Swanson Story Collection epub file
Steer Story Collection epub file
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
Students used the Drawing Pad app to create their colorful illustrations. Drawing Pad is one of my favorite apps for students to use to create digital drawings. It currently is $1.99 on the US iTunes store.
After creating the pictures, students added them into the wonderful Book Creator app and then typed the text of each story. When the writing and illustrations were combined and completed, each student made an audio recording of their story using the recording tools in Book Creator.
Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.
We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world. We would love for other students and classes to download our book. If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!