Birchwood eBook Authors

The students reading each other's eBooks on the iPads.
The students reading each other's eBooks on the iPads.
Samantha, Nancy, Natalie, and Max, and Brandon share their eBooks.
Samantha, Nancy, Natalie, and Max, and Brandon share their eBooks.
Max and Brandon are official eBook Authors!
Max and Brandon are official eBook Authors!

We Are eBook Authors!!!

Congratulations to Ms. D’Elia's third-grade class for being selected as 2012-2013 Model Schools Integration Grant winners through Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The students were awarded this prestigious honor along with $1,000 for their classroom for becoming accomplished ebook authors. They are the first class in the South Huntington School District to create ebooks using the app "Book Creator” on the iPads in the classroom.

They completed a unit of study on Australia and, using the new Common Core Learning Standards, created ebooks called "The ABCs of Australia." Students were provided with a variety of experiences to enhance their learning in the area of communities around the world, with an emphasis on Australia. Educational text in the form of ebooks were provided to students to help meet all their learning needs by using the speech-to-text feature and the "define" feature on the iPads. Using the electronic taxonomy on www.readwritethink.org gave students the opportunity to create a graphic aid that helped with organizing the key terms and vocabulary for Australia. “The ABCs of Australia” project integrated all curriculum areas and gave the students the means and the technology to publish their messages in this technological world. In order for the students to be successful, they needed to know how to effectively research images on the computer, which they will import into their ebook, how to create unique pages on “Book Creator” with the use of different text and backgrounds, and how to narrate their text on the pages in their ebook. This learning experience allowed students to communicate, collaborate, share, and design their alphabet ebook for all to enjoy!

This engaging learning experience provided Ms. D'Elia's students with an opportunity to be proud, accomplished authors. Becoming ebook authors is a truly rich ELA, Social Studies, and technological experience for every student in the class. This learning experience will certainly help Ms. D'Elia's students on the path to college and career readiness.