How to Export your iBook file


Dan sent this article from out last week and I thought I would post it on the blog for easy access:

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Though Dan is working on a simple way to share a file this size with the students without having to go through itunes, it still is a problem for our intrepid science team who are making amazing iBooks. Hopefully this problem will be solved soon and the students can begin using their iPads in one of the ways it was originally touted- as a portable, interactive, multimedia textbook.

P.S. Having done a few searches on this topic, it looks like we are not the only ones to have this problem. Which makes me optimistic that a solution is imminent, as the more people complain the faster it will get fixed. Squeaky wheel and all that jazz don’t you know…

iPad Summer Challenge #4:Make a vacation journal!


Many of the students who will be coming in with their iPads will be using it for everything- from taking notes in class, to writing essays, to their multimedia projects. So how does it feel to use the iPad for word processing? For putting together a presentation? Why not play around with some of the word processing apps such as pages or Word or even Notes (though if you have a hate-on for any font resembling

Office squared

MS Comic then I do not recommend the latter)?

See how it feels to write a whole text on the iPad- what are the benefits? Challenges?

If you want to get fancy, why not create a travel log in book creator or, when your trip is done, in ibook? Add photos and video!

The one with the best travel log will get a dozen homemade cookies (to share or not to share. I won’t judge) when we are back in August!


Here are some previous posts to refresh your memory:


Book Creator



Book creator and this oneby Beth!


And then this post that discusses David’s adventures with iBook!

Guest Blogger David Pelletier: Notes on a French iPad Workshop

By David Pelletier

When they asked what brought us to this iPad workshop, my answer was ready: “I’m desperately looking for more apps related to French teaching.” Their answer was just as ready: good luck.

Turns out there isn’t as many apps out there for language learning as there are for other subjects like math or science. But there are a few.

itooch: les bases du français

One particular app caught my eye, from the French iTooch series: les Bases du Français. It’s built as a quiz game where you test your grammar, vocabulary and spelling skills in French. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s quest-based, which means that you are rewarded when you pass certain levels. Their system mimics karate belts. I got my orange belt already. I’m making my way to the top. The lite version is free but will only get you so far. The full version is a ridiculous 6$.

What really caught my eye though is iBooks Author. This app is Mac-based, though (you can’t make it work on a iPad), but the end product it helps you create is very iPad friendly.

iBooks Author is free and enables you to create your own virtual textbook, complete with images, videos, interactive graphs and built-in quizzes.

We got to fiddle around with it a bit: in a matter of minutes, we had built a whole chapter of the book (about twelve pages) with pre-existing materials (typed notes, pics, PPTs and other stuff).


If you already have a bunch of your curriculum in electronic form, putting it together in a neat little e-book is a breeze. Plus, once your book is finished, you can plug your iPad in your computer to beta-test your creation, and adjust things if necessary.

Keeping in mind there’s next to nothing available in French out there, I’m strongly considering going for some home brew, and making my own textbook. It’s just that easy.

When you have the time, of course.