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.