Journalism class, when I was in high school and college, used to require the laying out of items on the page before they could be sent to the printer. We spent a great deal of time measuring space, cutting stories, and gluing them to the page. It was time intensive, so was creating books in the classroom. They did not always require the cutting and pasting, but they took time. If possible, teachers would schedule extra helpers in the class to help students put together the books.
Now, books can be created in an orderly fashion using apps on the iPad. Unless you print the books, the glue and the scissors are no longer needed. Students can take pictures using the iPad, add them to the book creation app, write the content, and finish the book in a short period of time. Once the book is finished, it can be opened in iBooks or in the Kindle app.
I created my book using Book Creator Free and pictures I had taken in February after one of our major snow storms. I used images of our family building a snow man, wrote the content, and finished the book in under an hour. Since I work with elementary students, I made the focus on a book that could be read by first or second grade students.
With the Book Creator app, the first book is free. To create additional books, I would need to upgrade ($4.99). According to the app, for the upgrade price I can create and share unlimited books. The upgrade is worth the ability to create and share an unlimited number of books.
I could use book creation tools to create different books designed around showing how students exhibit particular values in their every day lives. These books could then be shared in the elementary classrooms to have students read and discuss them. The creation of these books for reading and discussing in the classroom would meet the Redefinition level in SAMR if the books were written by the upper elementary students to be read to the lower elementary students since the students would be creating the content they are sharing with students, not just reading them a book.
Social story books could be created to work with specific students to show and tell students how their behaviors change the classroom environment. Another way books could be used is by having teams of students create a text around a math skill, historical event, or science theory.
Book creation apps provide many ways to create and share new content with others for the dual purpose of learning as the producers and the consumers of the content. The possibilities of creating books is limitless.
Share your ideas for teacher or student-created books in the comments. Or email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to continuing to learn about book creation for building student learning capacity.