Two Good Tools for Making Multimedia eBooks

Developing multimedia ebooks can be a good way for students to enhance portions of fiction and non-fiction stories that they write. By adding drawings, pictures, audio, and video students can further their points and explanations in ways places where just using text could fall short. Creating multimedia ebooks also gives students the opportunity to showcase some of their other skills like drawing or video production along with their writing skills. The following two tools are the ones that I frequently mention when asked for recommendations on making multimedia ebooks.

Book Creator for Chrome & iPad
Book Creator has been used by students of all ages for everything from making multimedia comics to publishing in-depth science reports. Book Creator is available for use on iPads and in the Chrome web browser. On each page of their books students can type, make free-hand drawings, insert pictures, record themselves talking, add music, and insert videos. Book Creator offers a variety of page layout templates that students can use or they can work from scratch on a blank page. You can use Book Creator for free or you can upgrade to a paid plan to get more storage space and realtime collaboration options. Watch my video below to learn how to get started with Book Creator for Chrome.

WriteReader is one of my favorite writing tools for elementary school students and their teachers. This free service works completely within your web browser. One of WriteReader’s outstanding features for teachers is the option to write corrections directly beneath a student’s original writing in the ebook before publication. The feature that students like is gallery of artwork including Sesame Street scenes to use in their stories. And parents like that their children can record their own voices in WriteReader books. Watch my video below to see how WriteReader works. WriteReader is available in English and Spanish.

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