I had the pleasure of working with 5th graders on an ebook project on Fractions this week. The students were asked to choose a fractions concept that they had learned this year, such as making equivalent fractions, multiplying fractions, etc., and then design an ebook on their iPads using my all time favorite app, Book Creator.
Our students used the amazing tools in the app in order to make informational books on the various fraction concepts that other students could download and use as a resource.
Each student selected a specific fractions concept and used pencil and paper to create a draft for their books. Students used Explain Everything to create video tutorials and then the pen and text tools in Book Creator to write sample problems with step by step rules for solving.
The students soon discovered that the iPad’s keyboard was missing the mathematical symbols used in many of their problems, such as ÷ and ×. I suggested that students just use the pen tool in Book Creator to add those symbols, but then a great suggestion came from one of the students. He said that the math symbols were in the Emoji keyboard! The students quickly noticed that the Emoji keyboard was missing from their iPads, so I walked them through the process of installing it:
It was awesome to see the pride in the student’s face after he shared this cool Emoji trick with the class!