After presenting a Show and Tell at iSchool Africa the CSI initiative of Core (South African Apple distributor), I was approached by the Head Master of Sacred Heart College to teach a group of Grade 7 kids how to use Demibooks Composer. Colin Northmore, Head Master at Sacred Heart is one of the driving forces behind the project. He believes that children should be prepared for jobs that do not exist yet, fostering thinking out of the box and encouraging entrepreneurship under his pupils.
We started the class in the last term of 2012 with a group of wide eyed Gr7. The goal of the 3 month class was to create a fully functional interactive book application. The pupils were responsible for project management, voice recordings and sound effects, artwork generation and then finally compositing and creating a working interactive book application.
The catch with the whole project was that everything (storyboard, sound, and artwork) had to be created on the iPad. The Gr7 pupils create interesting stories with clever interactions for the users. All in all they created 5 interactive book apps on Composer 1.1. Please see the accompanying news report video for a peek into some of the book apps created!
The best interactive book of the 5 was chosen to be further developed in to a fully-fledged app which will be submitted to Apple for the App store once the pupils have done some fine-tuning.
January 2013 we started with a fresh group of Gr7 who started off on Composer 1.1 and will be ported to Composer Studio within this month. Composer Studio offers many more features and it would make compositing interactive book app so much easier and faster.
We are still refining our process. Our future vision for this class is to integrate other subjects into the App building project.
The story will be written as an English Language class project, artwork and illustrations will be produced as an art class project, computers class will be utilised to convert artwork to digital format and to produce sound, music and voice over. Then the technology class will be used for learning how to use Composer and compositing of the interactive book app.