Last year, I created a simple multi touch book using iBooks Author for my class. It was on the topic of ANZAC day and it focused on the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” written by John McCrae. Once I shared the book with my class, they began to connect with the content almost immediately. They all downloaded the book on to their iPads and within the first 5 minutes of the first lesson, students were engaged and connecting with content that other students found to be very dry and boring in previous years.
Why was this the case? What made these students so interested in this topic. After much discussion with the class, many students stated that having all of the resources in the one place that they were able to look through at their own pace made a huge difference. Even though the students had access to all of the lessons and the corresponding resources, this was not a self paced project nor was it student directed. Lessons still took place in class but the book allowed the students to have direct access to the content on their iPads.
What I found last year was that I had only scratched the surface of what is an amazing part of Australian history. The students were so engaged and inspired by the few lessons that I had planned. It made me feel as though I was doing them a disservice by having not prepared more
lessons. So this year, as ANZAC day approaches, I decided to create a few more chapters to the book. Now, I would normally publish this via the iTunes Bookstore but I cannot be 100% confident that I have all of the permissions to do so as many of the images are archival and difficult to obtain the correct attributions for. Therefore, I am making this resource available here for free. As it is purely for educational purposes and not for any financial gain, I am sure that it shouldn’t be a problem.