Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. -author unknown
Recently, I was presenting on iBooks Author from the Early Childhood perspective along with 2 other Apple Distinguished Educators presenting from the middle school perspective. I was so excited about their work and was inspired to try my hand at creating a 2-page spread activity in iBooks Author.
The idea behind the 2-page spread is that you don’t have to create an entire book…you can create an interactive experience across 2 pages. My ADE friend, Sean Junkins has created a short, step-by-step guide for this process. You can download his book here.
With Thanksgiving coming up, my 2-page spread is about the first Thanksgiving. I started with creating a panoramic picture in Keynote.
Then, following Sean’s directions, I created the 2-page spread in iBooks Author. Once this was complete, I added the pop over widgets and the Keynote widget to deliver content.
This is page one of the 2-page spread. The small Pilgrim hats are pop-over widgets that contain information. See the example below:
The other pop over widget tells what food was actually served at the first Thanksgiving. This allowed for good discussion and comparison with Thanksgiving today. (This also meets our Social Studies standard for kindergarten in comparing lives now and long ago.)
The second page of the 2-page spread has a Keynote widget that when played, shows Pilgrim dress and Wampanoag Indian dress for the feast. The small hat is the link to the Keynote.
This is the first page of the Keynote. The 2-slide Keynote link is below
As the week progresses, I can add other content to this 2-page spread to engage my students in key facts about the first Thanksgiving.
If creating a book in iBooks Author is too daunting, try creating a 2-page spread or a virtual field trip as mentioned in Sean’s book. His idea is not just create a book, but to create an experience.
I am excited to try other 2-page spreads to go with our upcoming units. Remember, as life-long learners, we have to stay thirsty for knowledge. In this case, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!