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A Simple Guide for Teachers to Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author

A Simple Guide for Teachers to Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author
With the start of this new year Apple launched two major products namely iBook app and iBooks Author. These two releases have caught the attention of media and Educational Technology and Mobile Learning was no exception. We posted two detailed articles about the potential of these new products in education. Today we are adding a follow up to those articles. Below are some of the best tutorials to get teachers and educators acquainted with the iBook Author. 1- Selecting a template To start creating an eBook using iBook Author you need first to select a template . 2- Thmbnail and Panels The video below will walk you through the outline and thumbnail panels in iBooks Author. 3- Tool bar This video will show you how the tool bar works and inform you about the different functions of each icon. 4- Inspector Panel This video will make you familiar with using Inspector Panel on iBook Author 7- Inserting Text This tutorial will teach you how to insert and edit text on iBooks Author Related:  BYOD

8 Useful Video Apps for your iPad 1- Animoto Video " Turn your photos into stunning, professional-quality videos, complete with music and text, with Animoto’s free app! " 2- Videolicious " Videolicious 2 is completely rebuilt to make video creation even easier and faster! 3- Vidify app " It’s an automatic video editor that takes different clips from the footage you shot and spreads them around throughout the soundtrack using our proprietary algorithm creating a video that looks like it was edited by a professional. .." 4- ReelDirector ' ReelDirector is the 1st and the most feature rich, powerful video editor for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch..." 5- Magisto " Magisto is a fun and easy way to automatically edit videos and share them with your friends and family. 6- Super 8 " Using Super 8™, you can make your own vintage movies and add lens, filter and shake effects, arrange clips and scenes the way you want them; you can even add your own credits..." 7- Vintagio 8- iMovie

watchlater for iPad Many of us use our iPads to watch movies, play games, and do other fun activities. Watching videos on YouTube can be fun. But sometimes you want to download videos to consume on your tablet. watchlater for iPad is a handy application that lets you download videos to watch later on your device. It support various video platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, TED, and … watchlater supports YouTube, TED, collegehumor, and other popular video platforms. watchlater is gesture-based and makes discovering and downloading videos to watch later easy. People who visited this article also visited:

Note-Taking with iPads I vividly remember how I first learned to take notes. My sixth grade geography teacher lectured in outline style: "Roman Numeral one - China. A - Qin Dynasty. 1 - Rulers . . . " We wrote down precisely what he said, and to this day, I still take notes in outline form. However, consider Sunni Brown's TED Talk, "Doodlers Unite." While outlining may work for me, what about those who value taking notes in the margins? When students learn to hand-write their notes, they focus on content and organization within a single medium -- paper. Cameras and Microphones One of the most valuable features of iPad to support note-taking may be the camera. In addition to incorporating photos, many note-taking apps also include audio recording. Typing and Drawing We experienced an influx of "laptop kids" in our middle school. With iPad, these same students could both type and draw their notes. Supporting the Process However, iPads could also bolster the first step in her process. More Than One Solution

A Brave New Blended Learning World | Learning Outside the LinesLearning Outside the Lines#%21#%21#%21 We recently had several school district leaders join us at Fuel Education for a session and share insights on the challenges that they face within their communities. We took a deep dive into issues such as personalized learning environments, keeping students on track, supporting learning acceleration programs, addressing overcrowding, and incorporating technology inside and outside the classroom. Every leader brought a different experience from their own district, but one this is certain: blended learning environments are here and it is changing how districts operate. So when we read this blog post from Tom Vander Ark, we wanted to share it with our readers. Here is what he says: Everything is changing… Everything is changing…except for a bunch of stuff that isn’t… Great teaching matters…a lot.Great schools have safe supportive environments.Educators (and parents) can be risk averse. Everything is changing…except for a bunch of stuff that isn’t…so what does it mean for EdLeaders?

$5 Mobile Phone Projector The folks at Photojojo just posted a neat low-tech tutorial on how to make a projector for your mobile phone using a shoebox, a paperclip, and a magnifying glass. MacGyver would be proud. They were able to find the magnifying glass at a dollar store for, well, a dollar (so they called it the $1 projector), but let’s just call it $5 before people get up in arms because they can’t find that screaming deal. Basically, you start by cutting a hole out of one side of the shoebox to match your magnifying glass and taping the glass on the box. Goli Mohammadi I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com. Related

A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children by Susan Lucille Davis first appeared on First, let me thank you for entrusting me with teaching your children, honoring the amazing individuals they are, and helping them discover the confident and empowered young people they can be. Providing a rich and engaging environment for your children to learn in is my utmost concern, but Iately I have had to acknowledge that the young people I see every day do much of the learning that is important to them when they leave the parking lot and head home from school. For a long time, I have bemoaned how as teachers we have allowed a generation of students to explore the Wild West of the Internet largely without our guidance. Two Cautionary Tales Back in the early days of the Internet, I became a step-parent to two young girls. In both stories, the parents who might have guided and advised these young people were largely absent. 1. 2. 3. A Final Plea

A Modern iPad Workflow For Students And Teachers When you deploy an iPad in your classroom, you most likely download some of your favorite apps and load up bookmarks to your preferred web tools. Then you hand out the iPad to students and help them use said resources. Great, right? Not really. In order to effectively use iPads in education, you probably need a modern iPad workflow that works for both teachers and students alike. As you can see, the workflow starts with staff (at the top) and works its way down to students. As you can see, iTunes U and YouTube are some of the focal points here. You should feel free to make your own workflow, but I would definitely recommend using this visual as a guide.

This Printable Digital Citizenship Poster Belongs In Your Classroom Bringing technology into your classroom means bringing your students into a more digital world. Its likely they already spend time there out of the classroom, but being the teacher and facilitator in an online space offers a good opportunity to present your students with the tools they need to be upstanding digital citizens when they use the online tools. Even though they may already use many of the online tools you’ll employ in your classroom, they may not have been explicitly taught many of the hallmarks of digital citizenship. The graphic below was created by Common Sense Media, and can be printed out and put in your classroom to remind your students how digital citizens should act. Protect private information for themselves and others.Respect themselves and others in online communities.Stay safe online by listening to their gut feelings.Stand up to cyberbullying when they see it happening.Balance the time they spend using media and doing other activities.