This is an app for both iPhone and iPad. I put together a 12 page book fairly easily yesterday. Of course on the iPhone, you don’t want to do a text heavy book.

I found it did not like the vertical photos from my Photo Roll. I had to open them in Photogene, rotate them 360º then save. I am not certain if the problem was how they were saved in my photo roll (Pictures were from 2 years ago) or if the app favors landscape.

This would be fun to create a picture book that you could share with parents, grandparents, etc showing a special event in the class room. It creates an EPUB. Not sure how it would look on other readers, but it looks nice in iBooks.

You can see screenshots of the book taken from my iPhone on my Sara Talks Apps posterous site. (See links “Using the Apps” in the sidebar.)


I used to not think it was important to edit pictures taken with the iPhone. I still think for most uses, you can use photos straight from the photo roll. However, I am starting to do a lot more editing on my photos, here is why:

Our students are bombarded with media all day long. They see images, hear sounds, watch videos, play games, etc from the time they wake up until they are asleep! So if we want to engage or interest our students by including multi-media in our lessons, we need to ensure that we only use quality media and interesting media. Students are not engaged by images alone. To increase the quality and interest of images, video, or audio files, we can use one or more apps to edit and enhance our media. I know that I am guilty of using an out of focus or dark or light image just to use an image. It would be better to not use the image at all. However, there are many apps that can help save some of those unusable images, and apps that can make an ordinary image into an extraordinary image. My goal is to only use quality, interesting images in my lessons and materials this year.

This year I am going to work on improving my use of various editing apps to increase the interest level and quality of my images. I am participating in the 365 Photos using the 365Photos app. I think, it will help me think about composition and encourage finding interesting subjects for photos. I am also going to aim to work on editing at least one image a day using my iPhone and apps to include in my iPhoneography set on Flickr. If I am on top of my game, I will try to keep track of the apps used to create the images.

Looking forward to growing my iPhoneography skills over 2012!

I used it for the first time since the major upgrade. The interface and layout are big improvements. I will be using this app more often.

So what are the improvements? You now can choose the layout, you then add your images then you may also attach videos. The videos are not apart of the main picture layout, but are added after the main picture layout. You may still add audio to the Blurb. The audio plays with the main picture layout. I am not certain if you can add more than one picture layout and more than one audio.

I may edit my new Blurb today to test if those are options.

Give Blurb Mobile a try!

I love all of the creative fun things that can be done with my iPhone and a few apps. I also used a similar image created with ImageChef for my introduction at MassCue 2011. There is a version online, but I think the iPhone app is better because you don’t get the watermarks on your images.

My District is going to offer a 3 day institute on creating multi-media for classrooms. One day is how to use a digital camera and another how to use a camcorder and the last is how to use screen casting software. Schools will have to purchase a bundle at about $800 to send a team of 3.

I have no problem with having the class. But I do think we have schools that already have equipment that isn’t being used that after the class, teachers would use. So I am not too crazy about requiring the bundle.

Another problem with teaching specific equipment is that there is limited access to the bundle. If three take the class and there is one digital camera and one camcorder, two may be left out.

That is why I almost always use my iPhone to create my media. It is with me, I don’t have to check it out, I don’t have to set it up, I can edit and share directly from my phone most of the time. I can do stills, video, edit , apply filters and special effects, create audio, slideshows, annotate pdfs, create QR codes. use the GPS feature, and more.

I have a few accessories that make the iPhone better to use for media, but they are easy to use and usually easy to have with me.

As for screen casting, love the QuickTime X on my Mac! Can we say, “Free!”

One of the drawbacks of the app, in my opinions, was that you could not fade out the music. In the update, you can now fade out the music. The fadeout occurs when you export the slideshow.

I am still not able to open the file in iPhoto. I have to use ImageCapture. iPhoto sees it as a corrupt file. After trying to open it in iPhoto, I needed to delete the video from my photo roll from my phone before iPhoto would open any files on my phone.

You may find it here:
After you open it, go to File, save as template.