World Book Day 2018 Inspired Computing Activities
Green screen video and images
Many primary schools invite children to dress up as a book character on World Book Day and a nice way to celebrate this is by adding the children to a scene or front cover from their book using Do Ink Green Screen app for iPad.
A number of pieces of software allow you to create interactive stories using hyperlinks. One of these is Book Creator, which works as an iPad or Android app plus a Chrome web app. Below is a video tutorial for creating an interactive story in Book Creator but something similar could be done in PowerPoint using hyperlinks.
Audio Book Reviews
One of the great features of Book Creator (Available for iPad/Android and Chrome) is the ability to share the eBooks as web-links. This means that audio book reviews could be shared with parents to hear through newsletters etc.
Click on the front cover above which was drawn by a Year 1 pupil and includes an invisible audio layer with a pupil book review. Below are tutorials for creating invisible audio in Book Creator plus how to share ebooks as web links.
Pupils could do surveys of favourite authors/books in class/school then present their data as a chart/graph in Excel or Numbers. For Key Stage 2, pupils could use the excellent Pictograms or Chart tools in Junior Infant Tools.
Character Social Media
What if a famous book character had a social media account such as Twitter? What would they say? Teachers could create a template for a tweet or Facebook status (see example below which is from a History lesson) and the pupils could find a profile picture from the internet and write a status from a particular part in the book. For group activities you could have characters replying to each other over social media. The finished examples could be compiled to create twitter timeline on the school blog, see History example here.
Program a Book Quiz in Scratch
Key Stage 2 pupils could use Scratch to program a quiz about books, authors and characters. See video tutorials below.
Retell a Story
Pupils could retell some of their favourite books or stories using a variety of digital tools.
Puppet Pals app on the iPad could be used to add characters and background then using movement and voice recordings to retell the story. Below is a Year 3 example of a pupils re-telling The Gruffalo.
Upper Key Stage 2 pupils and above could try using the Magic Move or Morphing transition tools of the respective Keynote or PowerPoint to re-tell favourite scenes. Below are tutorials for both tools.
World Book Day Candy Crush
The fantastic Sketch Nation website allows pupils to make a Candy Crush style game. Why not turn it into a World Book Day theme? Below is a video tutorial of how to create a Candy Crush game in Sketch Nation.