Age: 8-12yrs Ease ****
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This software enables learners to publish their stories in book form. There are different levels of support offered so there is very little limit as to the age and ability of learners that can use it. View ours: http://www.tikatok.com/view/book/the-naughty-puppy-002/
On the homepage, we suggest you do join this site as you have to be a member in order to upload pictures and save learners’ work. This is very easy to do and you won’t get bombarded by updates and offers in your email inbox! When you join, you’re given the choice to create an account just for yourself (as we did) or you can create an account for you and another (linked) account for learners. It’s really a matter of personal choice.
Once you’ve confirmed your account, learners will be able to log in and choose the level of support they need. This ranges from 1. Personalized Book (entry level) 2. Story Sparks (ages 8+) or 3. Start from Scratch (ages 10+).
Following the on-screen instructions is fairly easy, learners are only likely to need a quick tutorial on selecting cover styles, page colour and uploading pictures in order to get going.
Throughout the process, they are able to choose text styles, page setup and photo format. It really is up to them how much (or little) they format their book. Once they’ve finished, remind them to save their book and click on Preview to see if they’re happy with the results. In the preview pane, they can save the file in PDF to the desktop, but it will have a “Tikatok Preview” watermark on each page. When they’re happy, they can click on Quit in the top right hand corner. On the next page they will be given the option to View and Buy their book. It is not necessary to buy it their book will be saved to the account’s bookshelf.
Ask learners to read their book to the class!
What do I need?
Creating a professional looking book is always difficult, but here learners can do exactly that whilst making a broad range of choices that ensure the book is distinct and uniquely theirs.
Hints and tips
When they’ve published their work, you could send a note home with the URL so that parents can choose to purchase the book if they wish. But DO make it clear that this is not mandatory. Explain to learners BEFORE they take their URLs home that they must not pressurise their parents into buying the book and that it will be available to them online anytime they wish to read it.
You should not include your personal information (such as your real name or home address) when writing. For example, instead of using your real name, you can use “I”.
Other opportunities to use the same software
- Create any type of books: story books, recipe books, poetry books, non-fiction etc.
- Create class books e.g. “Our Anthology of Winter Poems”.