Individual Project Idea

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For our individual project, I want to create a children’s book. I plan to write a short story about a character who goes around Clemson. I will have to write the story, but several years ago I made a children’s book about important places in my home town, so I could use the same format and just insert information for Clemson. As the character goes through the book, it will arrive at different important or historical places in and around our university. I think it would be really neat to try to use the GPS feature that you have discussed in class which will allow for certain things to happen when the child reading the book arrives in a specific location. I also would like to make the book be able to be a read along so when the child drags his or her finger along the words, the book will read them out to the child. Ideally, I would like to have pictures of things such as the bell tower, the Clemson Tiger, and Tiger Band that make noise when touched. I would also like to use real video and pictures in the e-book. I don’t know how much of this will actually work since I don’t know much about what we are going to be able to do, but I feel like this is a good starting point for now.

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carsonk's picture

I love the idea of a children

I love the idea of a children's book! My cousin has a three year old that LOVES eBooks on the iPad. She loves the interactive ones where she can tap her finger on an animal and it makes a noise or can drag her finger and make a character move. I love your idea of incorporating sounds and movement. Also, the GPS feature is a really innovative idea. It sounds difficult, but I'm sure you can do it! My only question is how are you going to illustrate your book with uniform images? That was my concern when I was choosing my project. I think the illustrations, like I said, should be uniform. If you are good at drawing, that would be awesome!

Great, ambitious idea!

Illustrations

I know some of the features like the GPS will probably be really hard to figure out. I am hoping that at least some of the ideas workout. As far as illustrations go, I cannot draw AT ALL!! haha I think I am going to use photographs of actual places on campus. Do you think that would work? Possibly have my roommate who can draw make backgrounds for the pictures? Thanks!!

Will's picture

Clemson

Good idea, but try not to take on too much at once. I would love to see this final product! I like the idea of focusing on sounds around Clemson because that would be unique to the area and to the medium. I would work on the interactive touch, reading, and sound aspects first, and then think about the rest of your idea. I'm always more interested in quality over quantity.

Too much

You are right! Too much going on would overwhelm children. At this point, I need to figure out which elements will work best with my topic. Sound is defiantly an important part of Clemson and would be great for my book. As we learn more about e-books and what we will be able to do with them, hopefully I will be able to narrow down my ideas. Thanks for the input!

Suggestions

I think that this is a good idea, especially since you can easily create the content yourself by recording the band or taking pictures. It would be really cool to have a video of the band performing during a football game as part of the book, and then maybe as the character passes by Tillman the book could include a recording of the bells. Other things to consider could be the tiger races they do at football games, and have the child be able to control one of the tigers and try to get his/hers to the top before the other tiger. Also, I think it would be really cool if you included small interactive elements, like having the library reflection pond ripple when you touch it, or being able to touch a tree and have a squirrel run out (because we certainly have a lot of those around here). Just a few things to consider, and having never done anything like this before I'm not even sure if everything I just said is even feasible. But it would be cool, and I love your idea!