Bento Box.

In one of the latest #AppleEDUchat episodes I came across an idea from Janel McCormick.

To help her students with reading she uses the book bento strategy, inviting book lovers to create, hyperlink and share book titles in an artfully arranged interactive collage.

As a lover of the knolling technique this idea speaks to my heart. Turns out it’s a whole hype on Instagram. Where have I been? I must be getting old…

Use the guide lines and grid on the camera to frame the perfect shot.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

First gather all the items you need to tell the story.

Align them using the knolling technique.

Open the Camera app and snap a picture.

Edit the image in Photos if necessary.

TIP: Go to setting and turn the Grid on for the Camera. This will assist you while taking a photo.

Next open Keynote and start a new presentation.

Import the image you have captured by tapping on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner.

Select the media icon and then Photo or Video.

Choose your image from the Photo Library.

TIP: Use Instant Alpha to get rid off the background and add your own themed background instead.

Next add a shape from the Shape Library by tapping on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner.

Select a basic square shape and place it over one of the objects.

Tap on the shape and wait for the pop-up menu.

Now select Link.

Add a link to a resource. This can be any kind of media.

Next tap on the paintbrush and set the opacity to zero.

Share your result using the appropriate hashtags #bookbento or #digibookbento

Going Further.

Add audio to your project by recording a narrative. Explain your choices. Or create a soundtrack setting the mood for the chosen book.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!