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 educator who started his educational career 18 years ago. Nowadays he develops learning experiences and teacher support materials that are simple and elegant using Apple technology, tools, and apps to improve engagement and outcomes. He loves building and delivering technology-based instructional materials, curriculum, or professional learning programs for educators and education institutions.
Kurt is a passionate educator and inspiring speaker.

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