Category Archives: iPad

Using “Book Creator” or “Explain Everything” to create a How To Book

“How to Videos” are a craze on YouTube.  To bump up the “How to”  use Book Creator or Explain Everything.  Both of these apps give a variety of extra tools to create a better procedural writing.

Bring in artifacts, such as skipping rope, card game, etc


  • at least one video

  • a picture

  • a soundbite

  • a drawing

  • text,  explaining  sequence

  • Uses transitional words to show sequence:

  • A, B, C, and so forth.
  • first, second, third, and so forth.
  • after, afterward, and then,
  • at this point, at this time, before this,
  • concurrently, consequently,
  • finally, following this,
  • hence, next, now,
  • previously, simultaneously,
  • soon, subsequently,
  • then, therefore, thus

*Students can also use iMovie

Using iMovie to “Produce” a Poem

Use this poem to create an iMovie.

The Bluebird Poem 1

or on Canada and government

I am Canadian Poem

imovieipad2 for iPads

imovie8greenscreen for Macbooks

  1.  Read the poem
  2. Chunk the poem into parts (stanzas, couplets, etc)
  3. Find images for each of the parts (google image search, search tools, usage rights) and save to device
  4. Create a new iMovie
  5. IMovie must include:
  • Titles
  • Digital stills
  • Theme music, which fits the poem
  • Sound effects
  • Audio of reading of poem, making sure to capture the mood


Using iMovie Trailers to Compare and Contrast

orangebanana2Using iMovie is a creative way for students to practice the language of Compare and Contrast.

Here is a document  with key words used in both compare and contrast.

Compare and Contrast

Use one of the Storyboards to have students compare and contrast two things.  Each text line needs to be a sentence comparing or contrasting.  The images in the storyboard will link to the text.


  • their self with a peer
  • their self with a character from a book
  • two animals
  • two countries


Wanted Poster

If your students are doing a character profile, for Reading or for development of character for writing, creating a Wanted Poster is a great way to explore character traits.

Create your poster as a Wanted Poster for a character (an antagonist/protagonist in your novel or story (or some other character you find interesting) Include in the information Name, last seen, physical description, special features and known associates.

Two iPad Apps will be used

Create an avatar using Avatar Creator

Create Poster using Pic Collagewantedimage

  • get a background image of a scroll  or old paper (portrait view)
  • open Pic Collage and create a new Collage
  • Make your background a scroll/old paper
  • Add pictures, text drawings etc, following the criteria below

Poster must include:

  1. The word Wanted in large black type at the top of the poster
  2. The Reason(s) Your Character is wanted for directly below the word Wanted
  3. Your Character’s Name
  4. A Detailed Image of Your Character (Avatar)
  5. A Detailed Physical Description of your character
  • description of face and body features
  • description of clothes
  • description of  accessories
  1. A Detailed Personality Description of your character
  • Personality traits such as mean, shy, happy
  1. A reasonable reward
  2. A last seen statement : Last seen headed for Charlie Lake
  3. Who to contact if seen
  4. An alias
  5. Known Associates


Use Pic Collage to Make New Year’s Resolution

NewYearsResolution2Did you know that New Year’s Resolutions were started by the Babylonians about 4000 years ago.

  1. Think about personal and school related goals or resolutions.
  2. Find a blank scroll picture on internet and save to photos
  3. Open Pic Collage and + add a new collage
  4. Press the + and Add Photos, choose Camera Roll and scroll
  5. Double tap and Set as background. Trash smaller image by dragging to trash
  6. Press the + and Add text, stickers etc.
  7. Save to Library (now in your photos)
  8. Make your wallpaper




Using iMovie to Create Book Trailers

  1. Introduce the book and include a hook
  2. Brainstorm what to include in their book trailer, text and pictures, keeping in mind:
  • genre of book, the author
  • connections to self, text and world
  • theme: friendship, courage, coming of age, injustice, heroism, determination, being different, love, working together
  • How does the character’s actions connect him/her to this theme?

3.  Choose a iMovie trailer theme which links to the theme.

Choose a Trailer
*******Choose a Trailer*******

4.  Download the theme trailer storyboard pdf into Notability.

PDF’s from:

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Adrenaline+Trailer      Bollywood+Trailer       Expedition+Trailer      Fairy+Tale+Trailer        Family+Trailer              Indie+Trailer                  Narrative+Trailer          Retro+Trailer                Romance+Trailer          Teen+Trailer                    Scary+Trailer                Super+Hero+Trailer    Swashbuckler+Trailer              Coming+of+Age+Trailer

5.  Begin to plan your trailer on the storyboard.

6.  Don’t give away too much, give the audience just enough

7.  The fewer words on the screen, the better.

8.  Find images for your iMovie:

  • Search internet for images using Search Tools/Usage.
  • Use camera to take your own pictures
  • Use voiceovers or small video clips

Poetry Writing

sampleconcrete_1Poetry writing can be a great Winter writing activity.  Using a combination of on line websites and iPad Apps, students can create a poetry booklet .  Their portfolio can be presented in a variety of other apps and can include examples of :

1.   Haiku               2.   Tanka                       3.   Cinquain           4.  Quinzaine 5.   Acrostic          6.   Clerihew                 7.   Diamante         8.   Parody       9.   Contrast       10.   Crazy Creature   11.  Limerick        12. Concrete  13. Free Verse           14.  Sonnet                  15.       Narrative-Ballad

Use the following to complete your poetry unit

Poetry unit2015


Types of Poems2015

List of Onomatopoeia