Long Term! Teaching Book Creator Skills in Foundation 2

Last month I had an e-mail from a friend of the Apple Regional Training Centre in Nottingham. She had attended the ‘Enabling Environments’ course we hosted and here I demonstrated Maths Journals. Whenever I share Maths Journals it always amazes early years staff that the children in my class author them independently.  If you haven’t seen Maths Journals yet, check out this post.
It is true!
But the truth is… it takes time.
Developing ICT skills follow a similar pattern as developing writing, phonic or number skills. It is like a dripping tap. Little and often goes a long way and eventually the cup fills up.

So our friend from the RTC sent an e-mail over to me asking me about the progression it takes to get our little learners using Book Creator independently. I tried to break it down as a time line from September to January, explaining how my current ‘Math Journalists’ got there! The first break down is Book Creator activities only, the second break down adds in all of the other photography apps we have used which teach the skills needed to use Book Creator too.
Just remember: Little and often! We have been using Book Creator since September and about 16 of our children now have independent Maths Journals. We are almost ready for another group to start in March.
September:
to use book creator to create a page in a book using pencil tool and sound recorder (PD, EAD, PSED, CL: international dot day)
 
November:
to use book creator to author a group book about Bonfire Night by using the camera and sound recorder (maths)
 
December:
to use book creator to author a paired woodland fantasy story book using the camera, pencil tool and sound recorder (CL, L)
 
January:
to use book creator to journal in practical maths using camera, pencil tool and sound recorder (MD, CL)
 
These are 4 key teaching points in the Autumn and Spring term where we teach book creator skills. Using the iPads for other things really improves the work in using book creator as the skills for using iOS are standard across all apps (such as how to open the camera, how to find a saved photograph). So these book creator skills are punctuated by smaller, stand-a-lone activities:
September:
to use book creator to create a page in a book using pencil tool and sound recorder (PD, EAD, PSED, CL: international dot day)
 
to use the camera to take photographs of the classroom in response to ‘children, children, what do you see’ adapted story (CL, UW)
 
to use Photo Booth to take pop-art style selfies in response to Andy Warhol portraits (CL, EAD)
 
October:
to use book creator to author a group book about Burton Joyce using the camera and pencil tool (PD, PSED, L, UW)
 
to use Puppet Pals to retell The Funnybones story and recording voice (CL, PD, L)
 
to use Photo Booth to take X-Ray style selfies in response to The Funnybones story (UW)
 
November:
to use book creator to author a group book about Bonfire Night by using the camera and sound recorder (maths)
 
to use Photo Booth to take keliederscope photographs of patterns in response to Rangoli patterns (M, EAD, UW)
 
December:
to use book creator to author a paired woodland fantasy story book using the camera, pencil tool and sound recorder (CL, L)
 
to use Pic Collage to capture photographs of treasures in woodland workshop and display them as a poster (EAD, UW)
 
January:
to use book creator to journal in practical maths using camera, pencil tool and sound recorder (MD, CL)
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