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Create a children's application
Have fun with the mail! I would have curled my eye if you had said to me this late last year that I had an iPad application of my photo album Ferdinand Fox's Big sleep for 3-5 year-olds on the Apple Store, great critics from four pedagogical application pages and almost 1,500 free promotional-launches.
Actually, I don't think I really understand what a'book app' was until the beginning of the year, no matter how you find one! I' m just looking at how to turn Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep's printed work into a colorful eBook. "As soon as I had the brainstorming in my brain, it didn't go away - a little like the pretty chestnut I first saw over 15 years ago on a foggy November night that was inspiring my Ferdinand Fix tales........
What exactly is a booking application? There' s understandably confusing how a booking application is different from an eBook. eBooks are linearly sized eBooks which, according to the type of equipment used, may contain restricted interactions such as sound or (in the case of advanced eBooks) videos, text emphasis or automatic animations.
They' created as ePub files (or Mobi/KF8 for Kindle or iPib for Nook) and you can either view them on specific eReader equipment (Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, etc.) or with eReader applications created by all eBook vendors that work through your own and your competitors' mobiles, tablets or desktops.
Except for Apple, which does not have a separate eReader and does not release outside its device - instead, use the iBooks application to access your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch or Mac with the iBooks application to view them. Birmingham on the start page of the Ap Store!
At an early stage - and more than ever after my research - I knew I wanted my books application to look like a books one! My intention was to provide the joint literacy of a printed work ( "book styled with page turning - and thus an eBook) to parent and child, in combination with the kind of easy but funny pedagogical interaction that I knew would go beyond the possibilities of an eBook.
I also wanted my 3-5 year old audiences to be able to listen to the text alone, using a "read to me" feature, and for an adult to be able to do so. Because it uses a rather ingenious rhyme text, I didn't want it to be a textbook you could get to know - although I already know that older brothers and sisters and parents/grandparents like it!
The numbers I was hearing at the London 2013 Fair indicate that the cost of developing children's books is usually around ten thousandpound or more. Also, after making contact with a few children's application developers websites via Google - and are quoting out thousands of bucks! I' m sure it did help that I already had my finished printed textbook on the market, with RGB pictures for reuse and a presentation and people.
My research into other applications made me aware that I wanted to use the following functions as a basis: I also wanted to introduce ways of teaching to help with simple text and subject detection. I hadn' t seen this in the storybooks I had come across in my research, but it felt like an apparent improvement that both the parent and the child could appreciate (or even disregard it according to the moment).
Starting from the theme'Sleeping and Dreaming' of the volume, I came up with the idea: Dreams of "word bubbles" that occur when the base objects and objects come into contact with each other - "fox", "bird" and "tree" and so on. Appropriate vocal over that identifies the item - activates when touched when the balloon is displayed.
An end-of-course video puzzle with words and images that the kids can see and listen to throughout the film. There is an MP-3 language files for each balloon, which is played when the balloon is displayed. To younger kids, this means to learn to connect the words they listen to with an imagery that touches them (or their parents).
With this in mind, the application provides an enhancement of the way we communicate with our kids and what we see when we share with them. At read-aloud ages (4-5 years), the words allow the kids to recognize words and eventually characters and orthography. At last - and just for laughs and not to be seen elsewhere - I wanted to include a "This is part of the book" page that matches the printed page where the kids (with the help of their parents) could enter their name.
Indeed, my designer surpassed this concept by giving me the opportunity to take your own photograph and have it appear inside a blister together with your name on the page - see the example below, where I took a photograph while attending class last weekend! Make a photograph and enter your name - edit as often as you like!
Make a picture and type in your name! In the process, the text and picture printout workflow - and the picture size - were adapted to the iPod pad as well. I' ve found out which words are needed for wordbubbles and forwarded them to the illuminator. For every single words an picture is needed!
We' re redesigned it at the last moment to incorporate new (welcome) guidelines to make it COPPA conform and waterproof for kids alone and for the new kids categories on the game. The second article will discuss the challenges of promoting children's books applications (especially if most mum and dad don't know what they are or how to find them!
Are you using children's books applications? Are you an award-winning writer or designer with your own application?