Educator Seán Ó Grádaigh is preparing a generation of digitally engaged teachers — and making a positive impact on schools across Ireland. He’s developed a university program that empowers student teachers to create a digital curriculum in their native Irish language. As a semester project, Seán sends his students on a journey to create a Multi-Touch book with iBooks Author.
“By learning how to create their own content, our students aren’t just becoming better teachers but passionate authors of Gaelic textbooks that are needed in Irish schools.”
Seán Ó Grádaigh, Lecturer, School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway
Mapping out an engaging experience.
Exploring the possibilities.
Seán introduces the project by showing his class a Multi-Touch geography book he made with iBooks Author. His iBooks Textbook uses graphs, pictures, video, text and activities to engage all learners in a way traditional books can’t.Learn more about iBooks
Planning for action.
Next, Seán’s students use Pages to agree on chapter learning objectives and outdoor field experiments, which they’ll conduct to create the content for their own geography book. To capture experiment data in the field, they design documents that will be easy to use outdoors.Learn more about Pages
“A well-designed learning resource integrates audio, images, interactivity, and learning activities that cater to all types of learners.”
Seán Ó Grádaigh
Students use iPad to go beyond the classroom.
Seán’s class heads to the coast to create instructions for the experiments they’ll include in their interactive book. Since outdoor activities can be hard to describe through text alone, they use the iSight camera on iPad to capture photos and video that document each step.Learn more about Camera
Note Taker HD & Paper by FiftyThree
Drawing out the details.
To create visual content, Seán’s students use a stylus to draw diagrams and notes in Note Taker HD. They use Paper by FiftyThree to highlight field sketches and add colours that identify changes in the topography and layers of sediment.
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Perfecting every shot.
Back on campus, built-in editing features in Photos allow students to compile, crop and colour correct images captured at the coast to beautifully illustrate the activities in their book.Learn more about Photos
Instructions in action.
In iMovie, the class edits their footage into short instructional videos that support the written instructions in their book. Adding live-action demonstrations helps visual learners explore topics at their own pace.
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Adding the audio.
Adding narration is an easy way for the student teachers to engage auditory learners. Seán’s students use GarageBand to record Gaelic voiceover tracks for their experiment instructions.
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Putting the pieces together.
Next, Seán’s students make their book with iBooks Author. After selecting a style and layout option, they drag and drop their images into a template and use interactive widgets to add video, photo galleries, Gaelic text, chapter reviews and more. When all the content they’ve created is in place, the student teachers preview their book in iBooks on Mac and iPad to make sure it meets their goals.Learn more about iBooks Author
“Rather than teaching educational technology, we focus on content creation.”
Seán Ó Grádaigh