iBooks Author Book Shelfies Project

This project was pretty complex and involved 3 parts: creating the game, creating the videos and audio clips, and then adding the text and the multimedia pieces to complete the book.  I’m not sure if this was too much or if it was good, so I would appreciate your honest feedback on the the entire project.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment telling me:

  • What did you think of the entire project?  Was it too long or was it good? Did you like developing a book that had many multimedia pieces to it? How did you like using iBooks Author?
  • What parts of this project were your favorite? What didn’t you like? (Hyperstudio Author Game, building the iBook in iBooks Author, making the video trailer and/or book character with iPads, doing the GarageBand audio recording of part of the book)
  • On which parts do you think you did your best work? Which part or parts were your weakest? What could you improve next time?
  • Any suggestions for the teacher on this project? Any other ideas of things to add or remove?

Thanks, this comment is a part of your daily grade!


App Smashing Book Trailers

As a part of our Book Shelfies project, students were challenged to create a book trailer video using 2 or more apps.  It has been fun to see the different directions that they went in this project.  Here are a few outstanding examples of their trailers:

App smash using Puppet Pals, iMovie, Cat Face Booth, Animal Face Booth, Label Box, Doodle Buddy. Created by Eric

App smash using Toontastic and iMovie apps by Faith. She did an outstanding job using Toontastic to tell the story and then chopping it up into a clever script in an iMovie trailer.

App smash by Isabelle using Puppet Pals, Pickayou, iMovie, and PicCollage apps. Effective use of sound effects and music really add to this movie!

App smash project by D’Juanna using Pickayou, Puppet Pals, Drawing Pad, iMovie, LabelBox, and Labels apps. Love how she created her characters in Pickayou and then colored costumes over them in Drawing Box, then used in Puppet Pals – so creative!

Talking Book Characters

As part of our “Book Shelvies” project, the middle school students used a variety of apps to create talking book characters.  Here are a few examples of their projects:

Caddie Woodlawn by Isabelle using Sketchbook X and PhotoSpeak apps

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Jared, using the ChatterPix Kid app

Nick from Frindle by Marcus, using Sketchbook X and FaceJack apps

Mr. Popper by Kendall, using the PhotoSpeak app

Amanda from Eleven Birthdays by Elissa, using the Tellagami app

Leafstar from SkyClan’s Destiny. Talking character by Eric using the ChatterPix Kid app. Cat created with Cat Face and Doodle Buddy apps.

The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George and Friends, created by Faith using Tellagami and PhotoSpeak.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, by Shelby, created using Telllagami app

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Alexis, created using the Tellagami app

Gladys from Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by D’Juanna, using Sketchbook X and PhotoSpeak apps

Mary from the Secret Garden, by Monica

Mary from The Secre

App Smashing Book Trailers and Animated Characters

Students, I’ve enjoyed seeing all your creative ideas develop as we worked on the iPads these past few weeks.  Please leave me a 3 sentence comment about this part of the Book Shelfies Project.  Let me know:

  • What did you like about working on these app smashing projects?
  • What new things, apps, skills did you learn through this project?
  • In which parts of this project do you think you did your best work?  What parts do you think you could have done better?
  • What didn’t you like about this project? What things can the teacher do to improve the project for next year?

As always, this comment is a part of your participation grade for the day!  Thanks!

Hyperstudio Author Book Games

Recently, the middle school students completed quite involved multimedia html5 games based on a book that they have enjoyed reading.  They used Hyperstudio Author to create their games. Each game included multiple choice questions with sound effects and images. Students also needed to include multimedia effects such as animations, music, and other effects. Students demonstrated great imagination putting these games together.

I have uploaded some of these games online. (I will keep adding links as games are completed and I have time to convert, test, and upload the games.)   Here are links where you can play the games. Note that these games work best on the Safari web browser they likely may not play correctly in another web browser.  Some actions may respond slowly, so give them time!

NOTE: still in process, links may or may not work correctly!

Warriors: Skyclan’s Destiny – game designed by Eric

Curious George – game designed by Faith

Judy Moody and the Bummer Summer – game designed by Shelby

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – game designed by Alexis

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – game designed by D’Juanna

Mr. Popper’s Penguins – game designed by Kendall

Eleven Birthdays – game designed by Elissa

Voyage of the Dawn Treader – game designed by Miss Bosch (teacher)