Many institutions are continuing to move towards a 1:1 iPad environment. It’s been an interesting thing to watch as early adopters of iPad technology and digital content users slowly infiltrate the education realm. Typically technology evolves and tools change, but iPads seem to have the staying power that truly transforms classrooms.
Along with this digital shift comes many questions. One question is “How do I get student textbooks on the iPads?” Some institutions purchase the electronic version of a textbook. Most of these resources are simply epub versions. This means there is little if any interactivity in this type of book. In this case one is simply digital content for paper. This is not transformational.
In order to transform your classrooms and utilize the power of iPads, use iBooks Author to create interactive books for your students. Teachers constantly curate materials from Youtube videos, self made resources, online articles, and discussion forums. If you are a one of these teachers and your students are using iPads in classes, then iBooks Author should be the tool for you!
iBooks Author gives you the ability to create beautiful textbooks that become interactive experiences for your students. As I have written in my previous post, the easiest way to deliver your books to your students is through iTunesU.
What makes iBooks author so unique are widgets and media. The best part is you do not need to code anything yourself. iBooks Author does it for you.
Widgets are basically coded placeholders for interactive information. The widgets inside of iBooks Author are Media, Scrolling sidebar, Pop-Over, Keynote, Gallery, Interactive Image, 3D, and HTML. Each of these widgets does something unique to create an interactive experiences for the reader. Other third party widget creators that I love are bookry.com and bookwidigets.com. These sites help you create many other HTML widgets that can be downloaded and dropped right on a page in iBooks Author. Some of my favorite widgets from these sites are word searches, crossword puzzles, quizzes, and embedded websites.
Using the Media widget within iBooks Author allows you to simply drop in a Keynote presentation, a video, or an audio file. Teachers can record their lecture and drop it in their book, or create a how-to screen recording and drop it into a books, or add an audio recording into their book for greater accessibility features.
If you have some text, media rich information, and the desire to use some widgets to create a more interactive experience for your students, then you are set to learn how to use iBooks Author! If you want more information on how to become and iBooks Author Guru, please leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My next post will be all about design elements to consider before creating your iBook.