Saturday, 9 March 2013

We Have Finished our Collaborative Books with Our High School Big Buddies

This week we finally finished making our collaborative books in Book Creator.  If you remember a while back (before Christmas in fact) we sent ideas of stories to our new friends at Fraser Heights Secondary. Ms. Lees students took our ideas and wrote stories for us based on our ideas.  Then they sent them back to us and for the past several weeks, when time has permitted and we were healthy enough to be at school, we have been working on illustrating the stories using the Draw and Tell app, and creating the books in Book Creator.

Not only did we draw the illustrations, but we also created the books, retyped the stories, and chose how they would look.  We were going to add voice to these stories too but decided instead to take screen shots and create little movies of us reading the stories.  Those are not finished yet but should be soon.

If you own an iOS device, and have Book Creator and DropBox on your device you can check out what we've created.  There are seven books in all, and they are all stored in this one dropbox folder.  All you have to do is download the file and open it in Book Creator. Hopefully you can open and read them and check out all of our hard work.  If you can't don't worry, once our movies are finished Ms. Lirenman will put them here on the blog so you'll be able to watch them instead.

We are excited to see where this collaborative project is heading.  After spring break we will be going on a field trip to the high school to meet these children that we've been working with.  In addition Ms. Oakland's drama class will be performing these stories to us.  This is all very exciting for us (and we think for the big kids too).  Stay tuned for more details.


  1. So exciting!! We can't wait to meet our little buddies! You all worked so very hard. Great job :)

    Ms. Oakland

    1. Roc wants to know if your students are going to put on costumes for the plays. We can't wait to see them.

  2. What an exciting project. I can tell by your pictures that you worked very hard on your stories. I would love to do something like that with my class. I tried to open them in Dropbox but had some trouble. Mrs. Lirenman will have to show me how to do it! She is so smart when it comes to technology. I can't wait to see the videos! I will definitely stay tuned for more!

    What did you like best about doing this project? What did you find difficult? Did you like the way the stories turned out? Were they different than what you thought?

  3. Some of our favourite parts of this project were making the pictures in Draw and Tell, and recording our voice. It was hard to do all the writing because some of the stories were long and we had to rewrite them all. It was hard for one group because they did a butterfly but it was suppose to be a chameleon.

    YES we like the way they turned out! We liked that they turned out how we wanted them too. One group was disappointed because the dinosaur was suppose to eat both of his friends but that didn't happen.


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