Last week I was working on small vocabulary books for our Dutch as a second language children. They need to interact and play with the language. Spoken word is the priority at the school. With this in my mind I have created two different kind of books. To do this I used two separate tools.


The first example has been made with the app Book Creator. First I made sure that all my images were free from copyrights. I made drawings in the Paper 53 app. Miss An give me the list off words that the children needed to learn throughout the school year. I found this useful tutorial by Ronald Janssens to help me with this.


After drawing, I made a new book project in Book Creator and imported the images page by page. Then I wrote the words and divided every single letter. Once this was done, I recorded the full word and then each letter separately. When the children interact with the book they will get a visual clue, audio clue and a full overview of this word.


After learning the words, I wanted them to play with the language and that’s why I created a separate book with exercises using iBooks Author. I used one of the basic widgets, called scroll widget, to make this happen.

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The same images were imported and the widget was added. I selected a big font size and entered all letters of the alphabet. The remainder of this exercise was easy all I had to do was duplicate the widget.

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More info:

Book Creator

Paper 53

iBooks Author

Kurt Klynen

Kurt is an Learning Professional who started his educational career 17 years ago. Nowadays he teaches from age 2 to 65+ in a primary and secondary school in Belgium. Recently he joined The Joy Of Professional Learning as a learning experience designer focusing on bringing joy back to professional learning.

Kurt is a passionate educator and inspiring speaker.

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