This app is so simplistic and user friendly you’ll be making books in no time!
When you open the app you will find a page like the one below that lets you slide between all of the books you have already created. At the bottom of the page you will see a plus sign, an info button, and a share button. Clicking on the + brings up the page (seen below) that lets you select what style of book you would like. Once you select the style you would like, you are taken to a blank page that you can now start creating your book on.
You can see how simple the design is. Up in the top left hand corner there are three options; My Books, Pages, and Undo. Up in the top right hand corner there is also three options; +, info, and share. I will discuss the function of these tabs as we go.
The most important option when creating your book is the +. Clicking on this brings up a set of options that can be seen in the picture below. Selecting photos lets you import any photo that you have on your device. The camera lets you use the camera on your device to take a picture to incorporate into your story. The pen let’s you draw or write whatever your heart desires on the page. Add text lets you create textbox’s to type in text, and adding sound lets you record audio for that page.
Let’s start off by adding a textbox. You have the ability to position the textbox wherever you would like on the page and then type in what you want. You can drag this textbox wherever you would like and one nice feature is that when you want to move textbox’s around guidelines pop up that help you center objects. All you have to do is get it close to intersections and it will automatically pop into the centered spot if you so desire. After you have created your textbox you can click on the textbox and then click on the info button in the top right hand corner and it brings up the options you see in the picture below. You can adjust the font, font size, colour, move to the front or back, etc.
You can also click on the info button when you want to adjust features of the page in general, not just the textbox. When you do this, a menu appears (seen below). The main features of this are that you can change the page colour and you can also enable a soundtrack and add a song or music so that when this page is being viewed in your book, the selected track will automatically play.
You will notice that there are arrows to either flip the page right or left. This allows you to go to the next page or flip back to pages you have already created. If we move to the next page we can again click on the + and add a picture (Pillars of Creation seen below). Just like we could click on the info button to adjust features of the textbox, we can do the same for an image. As you can see, when we do this it allows us to either move the picture to the front or back (so text will either appear on top of the picture or behind), but we can also hyperlink our picture. You can have your pictures so that readers can click on a picture and go wherever you would like them to go. An appropriate function of this might be to take users to the original source of the picture so as to give attribution to the original source.
Going on to the next page where I have added another picture of a nebula, perhaps I would like to add information to this page but do not want to distract from the picture with text. I can add audio! When I click on the audio function, it brings up a simple recording option where I can click the red record button and start talking, or I can even import something from iTunes. How does this differ from the soundtrack on the page? Well, when you add soundtrack that music plays so long as you are on that page. When you create audio, after you have added the recording it creates a little play/pause button that you can drag to wherever you want on that page. Users will only hear the audio when they click play.
Alright, so we’re nearing the end and you want to review some of the pages you’ve created. Clicking on Pages in the top left hand corner brings up a page like the one below where it will display the pages you have created and you can go to whichever page you want without having to scroll through all your pages (I know, not a big deal when you only have four). Clicking on My Books simply takes you back to the first screen that lets you look at all of the books you have created or are in the process of creating.
Now, we’ve finished. What next? Well, clicking on the share button in the top right hand corner brings up options to places you can share this book. In the two pictures below you can see some of the options available. Let’s select copy to iBooks. When you go into iBooks then you will see a copy of your published book there that you can then look at. What the finished copy looks like can be seen below.
If students create books using Book Creator and you don’t want to have to track down the device they made them on, students can go back into the Book Creator app and find the book they have created. Below there was that share button that we first noticed. If they click on this, three options come up which are to export as ePub, export as PDF, and export as video. You could have students export their books as videos and publish on the web so that you could easily view all of the books or if you want a paper copy students can save them as PDF’s and print off.
I hope this tutorial was helpful. It really is a user friendly app and you (or your students) can be making books in no time!
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