App Review
Book Creator

Magically easy way to create and publish multimedia, digital books

  • Students can express their creativity.

  • Add audio if you choose to.

  • The many options are found in drop-down tabs, leaving the pages clean and open for creation.

  • Give your book an official title and author before sharing via several options.

Quick Take
Pros: It is so easy to make pages, kids can focus on creativity.
Cons: In-app tutorial doesn't remind kids about basic components of a book (title, author byline, crediting image sources).
Bottom Line: Top-quality book creator empowers kids of many ages to publish their own digital books.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The simple user interface helps to engage kids in storytelling as they create e-books using their own photos, drawings, audio (including their own voice), video, and text. Even first-time users can create a book.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Kids learn how to make a book using this app by reading a pre-made book that acts as a tutorial. Then they learn simply by doing -- choosing from options, creating books, and sharing them in different ways.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A sample book doubles as the app's tutorial. Link to an extensive help and FAQ page on the developer's website via the app's "Support" tab.

Our Review
What's It Like?

Book Creator for iPad is an amazingly easy to use digital book-making tool. With guidance, even kids in early elementary school grades can use this technology tool to produce and publish their own simple books with images, videos, and audio. Readers can access published books via iBooks or other online sources, or books can be printed on paper. Before creating that first book, it's helpful to read the basic tutorial. Then tap the + or New Book icon on the main screen and choose a book shape. Then tap the + icon to add photos, videos, and typed words to the cover page, first page, and so on. Simply swipe to move content around the page and resize or rotate it as desired. Under the "i" tab, find many options for adjusting or deleting items. Every time you want to add something, just tap + again. When the book is done, tap on the toolbar's send icon. It can be opened in iBooks or any number of other apps such as Dropbox and Evernote. It can also be sent over email, saved to iTunes, or printed. Book Creator for iPad does what it does very well, and without too many choices. In this way, kids are not distracted from the app's main purpose -- meaningful multimedia content.

Is It Good For Learning?

As students use their imagination for a fictional story or compile information on a nonfiction subject to create books on Book Creator for iPad, they are using critical thinking skills and making decisions about their book. Once they start to create the pages, students can learn how multimedia elements help them tell their story or communicate information effectively. Students can practice their writing skills and enjoy crafting a digital book with multiple forms of expression.

How Can Teachers Use It?

In the classroom, teachers or kids can create individual pages that become books. Before that first book, however, you will likely want to read the tutorial and try to create a sample page within the tutorial. Once familiar with the basic functions, it's time for kids and teachers to start creating: fiction or nonfiction books, how-to manuals with video and audio instructions, photo books, and more. The in-app tutorial does not remind kids about basic components of a book (title, author byline, crediting image sources), so using this app provides teachers with a good opportunity to give students a real-world lesson on those topics before kids publish.

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