What a fabulous week at Ensworth School for iBooks Author Camp! Middle schoolers and high schoolers alike joined in the creative weeklong production process!
It’s a powerful thing to watch students take initiative and create something they are passionate about. Writing can be drudgery when students must follow a formula or perform on a test. The beauty of iBooks Author Camp is that kids can write about anything they want along with original multimedia projects using an array of applications and methods.
What I love about having “camp week” is the completely flexible schedule that I can provide. It's totaly student led and campers have the space, time and resources to come up with whatever they desire for their authoring projects. We tapped into apps for video production, graphic design, and solid writing pedagogy.
Topics ranged from poetry anthologies to fictional futuristic narratives to travel guides for trips abroad. Check out these beautiful book covers my campers created using tools like Canva and iBooks Author.
I wish school could always feel this free and open. Students were thinking critically about their projects, reiterating works from the past, and practicing collaboration and communication skills using technology. Below are the apps we used throughout the week:
Drawing and Sketching Apps:
Notes, Canva, Concepts, Bamboo, and Adobe Illustrator Draw
Drafting and Prewriting Apps:
Notes, Pages, Book Creator, and iBooks Author
Video Creation Apps:
iMovie and Do Ink
I was so impressed with the dedication of these students. They all came in with an idea of what they wanted to accomplish. Each one put together an amazing project. Maybe we should just call school camp and get out of their way! Wouldn’t that be something?!
A HUGE SHOUTOUT to Ensworth School in Nashville, TN for providing a beautiful space for our week.