Katie Loves iBooks

The Beauty of iBooks

Today I had an iBooks revelation!  I have taught the grade 9 novel, Of Mice and Men, for three years.  Every year, I have to read a chapter and then spend at least another class or two going over the chapter to talk about novel terms, literary devices, and important themes and characters.  Suffice it to say, that these “going over” classes are not hugely appealing to the students.  I’m lucky if they’re all awake by the end of the class.   Today, however, was a completely different story (no pun intended).  Today I plugged my iPad into the Smartboar, projected the novel in iBooks and began going over the chapter with the students.  We highlighted important novel terms and literary devices in yellow, important quotes in green, and relevant vocabulary in red.  We created explanatory notes for each highlight; when students were listening instead of reading, they quickly searched a key word to find the correct page to highlight; and, to my absolute disbelieve, ALL the students were asking on-task, interesting and thoughtful clarifying questions.  They were alert, engaged, and excited to finish the chapter.  I can’t believe how much of a difference simply being able to touch and highlight the novel made to these students.  They now have complete ownership over their novel and are genuinely interested!  iBooks made me a better teacher today 🙂

2 thoughts on “Katie Loves iBooks

  1. That is awesome Erin! Sounds like it was a great class. Kim

  2. So glad that the ipad is being utilized in so many ways in the class. Thanks for keeping us updated!

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