An ‘eBook’ moment

Today, one of those ‘just in time’ moments happened in our school library when the student and the book were connected and technology shone.

In this case a student came in to the library duting a class visit wanting a book that was promoted recently during a visit from Bob Docherty of ‘Bob’s Books‘, who is the author of one of the best children’s book review blogs around.  Neither the student nor I could remember the name of the book he tried to describe but we quickly found it on Bob’s blog.


I was purchasing books from Wheelers at the time so decided to add the print title to my order.  I noticed an EPUB copy was also available so added that in as well.

Now you may be thinking ‘so what’.  Well that student moved off, logged in to our Wheelers ePlatform on a library Chrome Book and within a few minutes was happily reading the eBook copy of ‘Albie Bright’ I had just purchased.  No downloading necessary, no software required, no need to wait, just reading in the browser.  Super fast result.

That, to me, is a successful and satisfying result.  The print version will arrive eventually but what a great way to encourage students to read eBooks by providing them with just what they want just at the right time.


Imagistory: wordless story books

Bring your child’s imagination to life with imagistory! A creative storytelling app that encourages anyone to be the storyteller, no matter what your age or language.

Designed for children aged 3 and up, the idea behind the app is simple, using wordless picture books it’s up to you and your child to use your imaginations to create a story with the pictures. The stories you create are recorded and saved so you can listen to them again later and share them with loved ones.

Imagistory provides an entirely new reading experience, not only is it very fun and easy to use, it’s also highly educational! Helping foster creativity, imagination and to develop language and early literacy skills.

The open nature of wordless picture books gives them a huge variety of potential uses, making them great tools for the class room too.

Kids have the wildest imaginations and are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential.

This is a truly beautiful app which is a worthy addition to every family, pre-school and primary school device. Designed and developed in NZ this is a quality production with easy navigation and includes a parental guide to the use of wordless picture books for extending children’s vocabulary and imagination. I shared the first story with a class of six-year-olds and their teacher via Apple TV to a big screen. The children created their own dialogue for the story which we recorded and played back. The children loved hearing themselves. It’s quite a challenge making up a story and the guide with this app is very useful. The option to pause when recording enables teachers or parents to offer guidance without interfering with the children’s dialogue. Highly recommended by myself and Room 5.