Media Arts: Year 4 students recording sound effects for their ebooks.

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Media Arts

Media Arts

Students' media arts learning could be extended by producing ebooks for other areas of curriculum to:

  • tell stories that are real or fictional
  • recount histories and narratives
  • explain procedures
  • present feelings and or experiences
  • share student-created work.

A key area for extension is for students to learn more about responding to examples of ebooks and other media forms to analyse images, text and audio. Students could be introduced more thoroughly to the techniques of image composition and the use of camera angles and lighting to understand how images communicate. They could learn more about the use of sound effects to create mood and how a voice can be recorded in different ways to emphasise different aspects of a story.

The content of the ebook does not need to be story- or entertainment-focused. Emphasis should be placed on students using the equipment effectively and constructing images to communicate with text and sound.

Students could create an ebook to:

  • demonstrate a scientific process
  • explain healthy eating
  • discuss their favourite novel
  • show how to solve a maths problem
  • demonstrate a sporting skill.

Students could combine their skills to create specific media genres and forms. Students could use other iPad apps such as video production apps (iMovie) to make short films, or documentary and news reports. Podcasting apps (Garageband) can be used to make radio programs and record interviews.

Students could be extended beyond the use of iPads to be introduced to more sophisticated software available on desktop and laptop computers, and to use digital still and video cameras and tripods.


iPads in education

Student examples

Australian Teachers of Media QLD

Book Creator on iTunes

Support and examples of Book Creator

Kitabu epub reader

ibooks Author

Further reading

Banister, S. (2010). 'Integrating the iPod Touch in K–12 Education: Visions and Vices'. Computers in the Schools, 27(2), 121-131.

Murray, O. T., & Olcese, N. R. (2011). 'Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not?' Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 55(6), 42-48.

Hess, A. (2012). The New iPad Fully Loaded, John Wiley & Sons

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.