Saturday, June 16, 2012

ISTE 2012 > iAuthorship: Click, Drag-n-Drop, and Create Interactive Books for iPads

6/27/2012 > 8:30am–11:30am, SDCC 29D

Burt Lo, Santa Clara County Office of Education with Joe Wood

With iBooks Author, you and your students can create interactive textbooks, including embedded images, movies, audio clips, and links to the internet for the iPad.  (Contains Commercial Content)


Hour 1 > Agenda

  • Introduction to interactive iBooks
  • Download and explore interactive textbooks from the iTunes bookstore
  • Practice highlighting and notetaking in an iBook
  • Create and use study cards
  • Creating an iBook
  • Create and format an iBook
  • Add text
  • Add information to the iBook from other sources, eg. Word documents, PowerPoint presentations

Hour 2 > Agenda

  • Adding multimedia to an iBook
  • Add images
  • Add audio clips
  • Add video clips
  • Add links to online resources
  • Enhancing Student interaction to an iBook
  • Add a glossary
  • Add review activities

Hour 3 > Agenda

  • Sharing an iBook
  • Save and publish an iBook to iPads
  • Share iBooks amongst attendees
  • Workshop wrap-up
  • Final questions and answers
  • Provide online resources for follow-up

Supporting Research

"I launched the nation's first digital textbook initiative to provide California's students and teachers with free, high-quality open educational resources. We now have more than 30 free digital text available for use in the classroom that can provide a more interactive experience for students and cost districts less – a win-win that can allow educators to engage a new generation of techsavvy students.”
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger


While educational institutions are looking for sources for free digital books, iBooks Author provides every teacher and student with the resources for creating their own interactive, digital books to accompany any lesson or topic. Books created by iBooks Author can be freely distributed among staff and students.

"Coming to a Tablet Near You"


University faculty are using eBook publishing platforms to quickly develop up-to-date content for their classes. This educational practice is now within the reach of all teachers and students.

Presenter Background

Burt Lo has been a middle school teacher, district instructional technology director, and a county office professional development coordinator. Currently, he is the manager of instructional technology and online learning for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. He was also an instructor for the University of San Diego’s Continuing Education department from 1997 to 2009.

Burt has presented iBooks Author workshops for state organizations, such as Computer Using Educators.

Joe Wood has been an educator for a decade and is currently an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist with San Juan Unified School District. In this role, Joe provides coaching support to teachers in all grade levels in the areas of technology integration and digital literacy. He also leads the deployment of iPad and Chromebook pilot projects throughout the district. Prior to working in Technology Services, Joe was a technology coach and middle school science teacher in San Juan Unified and Sylvan Union school districts.

Joe also works with the National Writing Project and Area 3 Writing Project at UC Davis as a teacher consultant and staff developer. His areas of interest are content-area writing, multimedia text, and the links between digital writing and the Common Core State Standards. His work has appeared on NWP’s Digital Is,, as well as on his own blog, JoeWoodOnline.

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