Dive into Digital Stories

As a teacher and parent, Jim discovered humour, silly sound effects, accents and songs drew kids into a story and got them engaged with reading and language.

He could also see the potential in using these features with interactive books.

So, with a typical Kiwi DIY approach, he began writing children’s stories and songs and learning how to make all the various media using simple apps on his Mac and iPad.

Over a few short years (and in-between teaching),  Jim has published numerous interactive GoodieBooks for iPads and has many kids songs on Spotify, iTunes and other stores. They all have a distinctly quirky and indie feel to them, featuring hand made puppets, stuffed toys, and collaborations with local illustrators. The emphasis is on fresh and fun stories that grown ups can enjoy too rather than super slick production values.

Together with his daughter he performs his stories and songs as Kahuna Kidsongs, promoting his Digital DIY ethos to kids in schools and other events, getting them engaged and encouraged to make their own digital stories too.

Jim also runs iPad Labs in schools and libraries -as workshops expanding on the many simple apps for making digital stories with music, video and more to help our kids become great iPad creators – not just great iPad consumers!

Please get in touch with Jim for more info on iPad Labs, Event or House Concerts etc. via the contact tab above.