The impact of Book Creator & Trilby TV

With 1:1 devices in Key Stage 1 and 2 (540 iPads) Book Creator is one of our go to apps for pupils to create: interactive books, comics, journals, reports and portfolios, which include video, green screens, music etc.  What our pupils (and staff) love about Book Creator is its simplicity and how children can focus on their learning rather than worrying about handwriting and especially in Key Stage 1 – sitting letters on a line.

More recently, our pupils have used Book Creator as a journal for the coding work they have produced in Swift playgrounds. Using Showbie, they are then able to send their work to the class teacher, who can give instant voice recorded verbal feedback allowing the pupil to then respond back and improve their work further.

Within our school, every class has their own blog and Twitter account, which enables pupils to have a global audience for their work, this also allows them to make contact with some of their favourite authors. However, we were finding that pupils and staff were not looking at each others blogs and seeing the outstanding work being produced across the whole school. As much as we share ideas and work in key stage and staff meetings it is only staff seeing work and not children. Too many times work is left sat on a device or hidden away; however, Trilby TV changed that in our school.

With Trilby TV, interactive books, videos, slideshows etc can instantly be uploaded and played around school for everyone to see. Seeing the looks on our pupils faces when they have their work playing on a screen is priceless! Knowing that their peers and visitors are going to see their work gives them an extra purpose for their work.

We currently have digital signage screens in our reception area, mezzanine and dining room and have a new one in our library area. We realised that our pupils were creating interactive books in Book Creator and publishing to the iTunes Store but again were not seeing what each other had produced. The screen in our library area now plays all our pupils books, meaning they can now sit and watch/read them. In addition, Trilby TV produces a QR code link so parents can see the work being produced. Our foundation stage pupils recently created interactive phonics books in Book Creator to teach parents and carers how to sound and segment letters, through Trilby TV they can now access these books and learn with their children at home.

Our screens are now full of exciting content, which showcase our pupils progression on a daily basis, evidencing the impact of technology in our school. Trilby TV has given our pupils a real voice around school to showcase our favourite app – Book Creator, the only thing stopping our pupils now is their imaginations.

 

Trilby TV – Digital Signage, giving pupils a voice

Trilby TV has given our pupils a real voice around school! To start with, Neil Emery and Ben Stanley have to be two of the most enthused, genuine people you will meet in education and you can see the passion they have for their product as soon as you meet them. After visiting us, Neil showed us just how simple Trilby TV is. Staff can upload children’s work to Trilby, it then gets approved and plays on your TVs around school, it’s that simple!

We have televisions in: our main reception area, dining room, mezzanine and are adding two more to our KS1 hall and staff room, these screens were always previously switched off. They now have constant streams of children’s work being played, along with our weekly vlog, which features: news from throughout the week, sport, class dojo news and weather. In fact today, some of our children asked if they can add a birthday section too! Our vlog is now turning into a fully produced news show! Although we used to share the Vlog on our school blog not everyone would watch it but now you see children and staff watching on the screens around school. What better way for visitors to learn about your school than watching your children’s work as they sit in your reception area!

Recently, our early years children went on a visit to a farm and whilst out one of the teachers created a slide show of pictures using the Quik App, you can imagine their faces when they walked back into school and saw their images on the screen! Many of our teachers are also using the Book Creator App and are able to export their books as a video and then upload to Trilby TV to share with everyone. Once videos are uploaded you can then make them public, which enables you to share them with parents and carers and also embed into blogs, so much quicker (and safer) than uploading to YouTube!

Another great new feature of Trilby TV is being able to share Twitter feeds onto your signage; in our school, every year group and SLT have their own Twitter feeds and so again you can instantly see work being shared.

Anyway, don’t just take my word for it… listen to what three of our Year 5 children think of Trilby TV and also watch one of our weekly vlogs.


Using the App ‘Book Creator’

Each class at our school has their own blog and our children love having a global audience for their work along with a voice and real purpose for writing. This has allowed them to be authors sharing written work along with creative too.

We have used the Book Creator App for a while now but only a year or so ago did we first publish a class book to the iTunes Store, the children could not get their heads around the fact that people in 52 countries could download and read their interactive book!

Now all our children in Key Stage 2 have their own iPads and teachers have seen the possibilities for children to create their own books, save into Showbie and then publish on the iTunes Store. Our children from Early Years to Year 6 have been using Book Creator due to its simplicity and the creativity they can include. I have witnessed that children do not have to worry about ‘keeping on a line’ when they write their text, which enables them to just write! Children create videos with the Green Screen Do Ink App and then add these into their books. They also use Apps like Yakit Kids, iMovie, Garage Band and Adobe Spark, which they are not able to do when writing in a book. The features in Book Creator, such as recording their voices, has enabled the most reluctant speakers to record their voices.

Using Book Creator has made teachers think about copyright and where children access images, so they have encouraged them to use sites such as Pixabay. We use Apple Classroom in school, which is great for focusing on learning and ensures children are on what they should be on. The tools in Book Creator are so simple to use on the iPad, which allows inclusivity for every child, something that writing in a book does not allow.

We are also fortunate to have Trilby TV in school, which also enables children to share their interactive books on televisions in: our main reception area, dining room, mezzanine and KS1 area. Visitors have commented on how great it is to see children’s work as soon as they enter school and our children (and staff) love watching work play on the screens.

Book Creator is one of the most powerful Apps we have on our iPads and the only thing stopping children is their imaginations.

Here a just a couple of examples of how Book Creator has been used: