Last school year, epublishing seemed to be the catchall phrase that many educators around the board were buzzing about, and for many great reasons. What is ePub? It is a digital publication format (similar to .doc or .pdf) that allows publishers of all calibers to produce and distribute digital copies of their work, to multiple tablet platforms, and without restriction as long as it complies with digital rights management (DRM).
When new technologies and programs emerge to being used in the classroom, many educators err on the side of caution. In many cases, roadblocks are met and the desire to utilize the technology is lost. At the time, myself and a couple of educators within my school environment were interested in epublishing, but were not very confident or educated enough to be able to engage students or other teachers with this form of written expression. As the year has progressed forward, so has the ease and information about epublishing.
Our school has recently started to utilize the iPad, and the search for an app for students to create their own content and eventually publish was something we wanted to explore. With the search not lasting very long, the competitively priced app Creative Book Builder (CBB) was discovered. CBB has been highly praised by fellow educators, and upon discovery you can see why. CBB is a media rich application that is very easy and straightforward to use.
CBB allows students to create, edit, and publish within minutes. Here are some of the features of CBB that sold me on the app:
- Easy to add titles, descriptions, images, video, audio, music, and external links
- Organize chapters into different sections
- Customizable Book Cover
- Customizable book information (author, title, description, subject, publisher)
- Can work on CBB when not within WiFi (very handy if used on a field trip)
- All published books can be read on iBooks or any ePub reader (we have a few Kobo’s around the school that now have more of a purpose)