Book Creator & Trilby TV, working hand in hand

With 1:1 devices in Key Stage 1 and 2, 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. This is often evident in Key Stage 1 where pupils can spend more time trying to ‘sit letters on a line in their book’ instead of time spent on their learning.

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 within our school.

With Trilby TV, interactive books, videos, Twitter feeds and slideshows 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. This is where Book Creator and Trilby TV really do work hand in hand to create a different outcome for sharing digital books on digital signage.

In addition, Trilby TV produces a QR code link so parents can see the work being produced by their child. 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 child at home.

Recently, our Year 6 pupils joined a global project led by Jon Smith @theipodteacherwho is a Book Creator Ambassador based in Ohio, USA. He set schools around the world the task of creating a digital book sharing what they think is amazing about our planet. Pupils were asked to open their hearts, minds, eyes, and cameras to capture the beauty and good that they can find in the world around them. Our pupils were challenged to turn from the violence, anger, frustration, and turmoil to make an image that touched their hearts.

We were proud to have class 6D’s contribution, which was created in Book Creator, submitted to the global book and even prouder when we were able to display it through Trilby TV, on our digital signage around school, for everyone to see. This goes to show the power of how one app can enable children around the world to connect and combine their books into just one to share with a global audience. You can download the book here.

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.

The video below, created in Clips by Neil Emery, shows how quick and simple it is to upload digital books from Book Creator directly to Trilby TV.

New clubs for Spring Term 2

At lunchtime today, we had a Digital Leader meeting to discuss the following points:

  • Year 5 Digital Leader’s to support a parent workshop tomorrow, using Adobe Voice.
  • Year 6 Digital Leader’s assisiting at Parents’s evening tomorrow with parental questionnaires on the iPads.
  • Digital Leader Academy next week – our Digital Leader’s to suppport other schools.
  • New timetable of clubs and year groups to commence next week.

Mrs Jones 🙂

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Sphero & BB8

Today Mrs Jones, Mrs Maddocks, The Digital Leaders and I watched Sphero and BB8 move around in class 6R. It is very clever how the inventors code them to do everything they can. They are really cute things that roll around the floor or anywhere you want. I enjoy doing coding and things like this.

Digital Leaders planning meeting

Today Mrs Maddocks and I met with the digital leaders to discuss a plan of action for the next half-term.This is what was decided:

  • We will advertise for and appoint a digital leader from each class in Years 5 down to 2, our current leaders will be allocated to support each new leader.
  • Comptech have set up an email account for digital leaders to communicate ideas.
  • Blog of the week is underway and leaders will support in encouraging blogging and tweeting.
  • Leaders will support staff in using iPads, devices, MacBooks, blogs, Twitter etc.
  • Digital leaders were highly excited about running lots of lunchtime clubs; clubs agreed for this half-term (to be run by the leaders and supported by Mrs Jones and Mrs Maddocks) are:
  • Garage Band for years 4 & 5
  • Coding (scratch) – year 2
  • Coding (scractch) – year 3
  • App explorers/app of the week – years 4 & 5
  • SketchNation – years 2 & 3
  • Makey Makey – year 6

We are meeting tomorrow lunchtime to finalise days and the leaders can the produce posters for their clubs.

Exciting times ahead!

Mrs Jones 🙂http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i/keep-calm-and-ask-a-digital-leader-13.png