Tablets and personal electronic devices are becoming more prevalent in schools. Many institutions have some sort of iPad or iPod initiative where pockets of students are using the devices educationally. While I’m really excited at the promise that these devices hold, I also fear that the use of the tools may be limited to simple rote memorization, recall level activities. Sure, there are thousands of apps that allow students to practice their number facts or master their knowledge of grammar, spelling and money. But I wonder how we can get our students to author content with the devices. How can we utilize the tools to tap into students creativity and assess the content we are teaching (science, English, math, etc) through some creative work? One way is through an application called Moglue. Moglue is a desktop application that allows users to create interactive books for iPads, iPhones, iPods and Android devices. The program utilizes a simple drag-and-drop interface, allowing anyone to explore their creativity. The end product is pretty amazing. Users can create books where all sorts of actions are triggered by a reader’s touch. Objects can move or text can be read aloud simply by a reader touching the screen. While the interactive books would be great instructional tools for teachers to develop for their students, the books would also be tremendous products for students to create themselves. Much like other 21st Century creative forms (podcasting, blogging, etc), Moglue offers a chance for students to create content that can be shared with the world.
My only real reservation with the application is that it is currently in Beta, which means that the company is testing out the bugs and gauging the interest of users. While Moglue is currently available for free so users can download and create books, the long-term outlook for the application is not clear. As often happens with these tools, the site may begin charging users down the road. Until that happens, however, Moglue is just too unique and useful to pass up.
For a quick rundown of how to use the site, be sure to check out the following tutorial: