We set this Book Creator Ambassador a unique challenge. Here's what he came up with.
Meet Kurt Klynen. He's a Book Creator Ambassador with a particular flair for design. You may have seen him as part of the Joy of Professional Learning team or as @MeesterKurt on Twitter. He's written a number of books that are published on the Apple Books store.
I got talking to Kurt when I bumped into him outside the Apple learning sessions at FETC in Florida last January. I told him about the series of ebooks we'd been publishing in collaboration with teachers, and we agreed it would be good to get his input too.
However - this time there was a twist - knowing how great Kurt was at designing elegant books, I set him the challenge to write and design his book entirely in Book Creator, and then document the process.
Book Creator - Ways to Enhance Literacy
Here is the result - a beautifully designed book that not only looks great but is packed with 15 original activities to try with Book Creator. These focus on the 5 core facets of literacy - listening, reading, writing, speaking and vocabulary, with explicit links to Common Core English Language Arts standards throughout the book.
The book is divided into colour-coded sections - with an inventive contents page that links to each section in the book. Each activity has a simple step-by-step guide for implementing it in your classroom.
You can browse through the pages of the book below:
The process behind the design
Kurt has shared his design and construction process to create this book in Book Creator - and it's fascinating!
At the end of the book you'll find a time-lapse video showing how each section was made, plus Kurt talks through his thought process and shares a couple of interesting hacks to get the effects he wanted (for example, using blank text boxes with a background colour to give a rectangle that he could rotate).
Watch the video below and read the whole process on Kurt's blog.
Dan Kemp is Tools for School’s Marketing & Community Manager. He spends his time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.