Sigh. Thinking about my final project and wondering how the heck it’s going to get done…
I need to bring myself from a valley of dull dread to pinnacle of sharp enthusiasm. Blogging my thoughts can serve as a whetstone for both attitude and ideas.
Writing a book in six weeks that encompasses the history of books and librariesÂ sounds like an impossible task, right? My final CoETaIL project will be to produce an iBooks Author version of said book and I’d better get cracking or it will never be done in time. Oh, I won’t be doing it by myself. No, that would be inconceivable. How could one person manage such a far-reaching project? I will succeed with the help of a classroom of 4th graders! Ta-da! Isn’t that a brilliant strategy?
No, they have never used iBooks Author before, but that is a skill that, once mastered, will allow them to publish their own stories to the world. Our ES tech support person, Grace Y., will be assisting with this task. (What would I do without amazing Grace?)
We are spreading the monumental task around by assigning one part of the history to one student. Their task is to create one page for our book. To scaffold their task (and to move things along) I will provide lists of books, magazine articles and websites from which they can glean essential information. They will mock up their page in the “Pages” application, remembering to find, insert and attribute appropriate visuals. Because iBooks Author accepts input directly from Pages, this will simplify the construction of the digital book.
Challenges Thus Far:
1. Â 4th graders only have library time for half an hour per week.
2. Â Library time for 4th graders was canceled this week for Pro-D days and is canceled next week because of a field trip.
3. Â Some sections of the planned book have few resources in our library.
4. Â iBooks Author needs to be installed on the student laptops.
Solutions or Plans:
1. Â Add time available to the project by partnering with classroom teacher to incorporate iBook project into classroom writing time.
2. (See #1 solution.) Also use all of the library time to work on iBook and have students check out books during one of their recess times, before or after school.
3. Â Allow use of web resources as long as the source is valid.
4. Â Done. Our tech guy, Dusty Mack, (yes, he works with our Mac computers which are used so often they never do get dusty) has already installed iBooks Author on the laptops.
More honing to be done, I am sure, but at least I am ready to start.