A simple way to make a digital copy of pupils’ work.

When the end of the year comes, the books are sent home with the children and presumably put in a box in a dark cupboard!  Why not create and store a digital copy? I have found this very effective practise for a number of reasons:

  • It is great to show a new class good examples from the previous year.
  • It is useful, for both teachers and students, to reflect on the key learning and progress that has occurred.
  • Capturing work and celebrating it makes tasks more meaningful for students.
  • Putting work online gives students a genuine audience.

My students have just finished a big project about World War 2.

I needed a simple app to turn a book into an animation.

There are many different slideshow/animation creators available on websites and also as apps:


Google Slides

Make My Movie



I decided on Slideshow Maker which is available on Google Play.


Have a look at the animation featuring one of my student’s projects:

It was really easy to do. On my phone, I took photos of all of the pages in the book. Then I simply used the app to do the rest! Here is my video tutorial on how to use Slideshow Maker:

After capturing the students’ work, why not share it online?  Try Google Classroom or a class blog.

Finally, it is time consuming to do this for each student, so pick the top ones or maybe even teach students how to do it. They may even like a digital copy themselves so they can share it on their personal social media channels!

Have you ever made a book into an online animation? How did you do it? Leave any comments below.



  1. I’ve been hearing a lot about Seesaw recently, although I’ve never used it myself. http://web.seesaw.me/ It is designed to create student portfolios
    Following the link will take you to this introduction:
    Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school.

    Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.

    Student work can be shared with classmates, parents, or published to a class blog. Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child’s learning.

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