Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Learning Something New

Hi All,

I have been busy learning something new and I am so excited to share it with you!

I shared a resource with you in the "Summer Reading Is All Around Us" post called CAST's Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Book Builder. You can use this site to create, read, and share engaging digital books.

So, I decided to use our son and one of our "flashlight episodes" called "The I'm Sorry Truck" to create a book with pictures for our listeners. Here is how we did it:

*First, my son and I planned out each page together by breaking up the story into pages.

*Next, we took pictures to match what was happening on each page using his trucks and our digital camera.

* Then, we went to CAST's Book Builder and signed up for a free account.

*We chose a format for the pages of our story and then put our pictures and story in. If you are really tech savvy, you can do your own audio, or you can choose from one of the three coaches to tell the story for you. We chose one of the three coaches, named him Tucker, and had him read the story for us.

*Once you are happy with the story you have created, you can publish it to the library. You can also download it to your computer so that you can print it out and have an actual book to share with a sibling, a friend, a grandparent, or anyone!

You can check out "The I'm Sorry Truck" on Book Builder by going to http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ and clicking on the Explore Shared Books Library tab. You do not need an account to look at other shared books. Once you are in there just search by TITLE and type in The I'm Sorry Truck.

We would love to share any titles you have created in there. Leave a comment on the blog if you have created something in Book Builder, or let us know what you think about the book we created. We hope you are having a wonderfully creative summer!

As always, I look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many stories we can share together.


  1. Your book is fantastic ... N and I just "read it" twice ... love the photos to go with the text! Great job, M & T ... and C!

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