So, I will admit it publicly: I am an Apple junkie. While I am drawn to any tool that will help my students learn through collaboration and creating, there is just something about Apple’s commitment to education and their focus on learning.
So when the new application ‘iBooks Author‘ was launched, I knew I had to find a way to use it in my classroom. Using this tool meant my students could:
- create! Using the information we had covered in class, they could compile the information and create an original piece of work
- publish! They could share their original work with the rest of the world.
One of the classes that I teach is ‘Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics’ and there is not alot of study material out there for the course. The grand plan is that we would create the ultimate study guide for the class that could be improved upon from year to year. The features an iOS study guide that appealed to both the students and myself were:
- Downloadable to their mobile devises, it could go anywhere with them!
- Interactive it is not just text but, includes review questions, pictures, and vodcasts
As we set to work, the students were divided into three groups and were given two countries and a list of course themes to include in their portion of the text. Each group had only one computer with iBook Author loaded (you need to have Lion in order to download the app). Much time was spent on the research portion of the project so the resulting content was great but, the aesthetics suffered as a result. Also, with the current version, there is no way to compile projects. We ended up with three book rather than one ‘Ultimate Study Guide.’
This is a project that I will definitely stick with in future years. The students were excited about creating and sharing their original content. For more info on how we created our iBooks, check out more information below. And, as always, feel free to: use, share, and improve!!
Project Specifics and Rubric
PowerPoint for COETAIL Course Five