On a typical paper worksheets a question would normally look something like this: What are the different figurative language techniques used in in this text.” __________________________________________________________ The lines on the paper gives students the space to write their answers. Unfortunately, iBooks Author only allows you to put in multiple choice questions. The iBookWidgets app does allow you to put in text questions but they’re not always aesthetically pleasing and can be a time consuming process. An easier option is to write the question in your iBook and let students type their answers in a note like below. An added bonus is that all notes are automatically saved to the “My Notes” part of the iBook.
How do you choose the best app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand, sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources.
"iBooks Author is still making the news in the educational sphere. This is probably the first mobile app to be embraced wholly in education in such a short time since its release. After posting a simple and guided tutorial on how teachers can use the different services of iBooks Author , today I am sharing with you some hands-on examples of what students can actually do with it."
Robin Good: Storyist is a Mac app designed to produce submission-ready manuscripts and screenplays that is now available also as an iPad app.
"Storyist provides a rich text editor with support for comments, images, headers, footers, and style sheets so you can create properly formatted manuscripts and screenplays. And Storyist comes with manuscript and screenplay templates so you can focus on the writing, not the formatting."
-> Automatic manuscript and screenplay formatting.
-> Text Inspector for quick editing of formatting, style, and page settings.
-> Wireless printing with AirPrint.
-> Index card view with support for color-coding.
-> Customizable plot, character, and setting sheets.
-> Works great with the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth wireless keyboards.
-> One-tap Dropbox sync.
-> Files compatible with Storyist for Mac.
-> Easy import and export of Storyist, RTF, Plain Text, and Final Draft v8 files via iTunes, Dropbox, and the Open In menu.
Here a great how-to video which explains using iBooks Author to make and and sell a multi-touch iBook for iPad.
With the growing number of self-published classroom resources using iBooks Author: I thought this video would provide a framework and great tutorial for doing just that (including interactive keynotes).