UPDATED: December 23, 2020    
Open Educational Resource (OER) Early Reading "Fliplets":  Yes, They Are Absolutely Free!
Q. What's a "fliplet" early reading application? What's so special about it? Is it really free?
A. It's an open source interactive audio "flipping" online picture book for early readers... that works on any device. A "fliplet" is designed so that any teacher with typical ("typical" does not mean "super expert"!) technology skills can create a "fliplet" with original script, images, and narrated audio. You are free to use any educational application on this website. Yes, the open educational resources are absolutely free. If you are a teacher, you can use them without permission. In fact, anyone can use these "fliplets" freely. 

Q. Is it possible to create a "fliplet" without cost?
A. Yes! Can you create a rhyming script for early readers? Can you put accompanying illustrations/images/photos on 10-20 Powerpoint slides? Can you record your own voice reading your own script using free software? Most importantly, do you have friends who can help you do those things? If so, you can create your own fliplet! No costs are involved. Yes, you can create YOUR OWN online reading application that encourages early readers to read. We want children to enjoy reading. Any fliplet you create is YOURS. The fliplet "HTML5 software framework" is free to use and adapt. You can do whatever you like with your own authored "fliplet".

Fliplets are totally free. Teachers can create them for early readers. Fliplets can be used and reused for years to come. If you want to sell your own fliplets, we have no objection; any authored fliplet you create with your own original content is yours.      

Teachers As Online Authors Of "Fliplets"
Q. Are any teachers creating "fliplets" now?
A. Yes. Graduate students in the Educational Technology Leadership program at the University of Louisiana Monroe, a large public university, are authoring their own fliplets for their online portfolios. Many of their fliplet applications will be be made available from this location in the near future.

Q. Are there external contributors of content that can be adapted as "fliplets"?
A. At this time, we have these welcome sources of additional early reading content for the development of "fliplets":
  • Robert F. DeFinis, author of the "How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster!" with narration by Wil Turner.
  • Theresa Callicott, a veteran teacher, has created new "rhyming story" videos for early readers (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ceIB5En1Fn9s-tBfPwaUQ/videos) on her Youtube channel. The video content has been converted into "fliplets", shown below! The new fliplets are based on an open source "production template" which is now available. 
  • Nancy Stewart is a professional musician from Washington who has agreed to allow her 200+ songs for young children to be adapted as future fliplets (https://nancymusic.com/SOM-alpha.htm ) A number of her educational songs appear below as text-based "Read Alongs".
  • Danielle Buckert, of Red Sky Ventures in Namibia, Africa, is the founder of the outstanding international website  https://freekidsbooks.org  She has agreed to allow us to develop fliplets based on the many excellent "Creative Commons" stories hosted on that website. The lovely story called "Walking Together" ( https://freekidsbooks.org/walking-together/South Africa) will be the first "fliplet" to be developed... soon.    
  • Clark Ness, a former former special education teacher from Spokane Valley, Washington, has kindly agreed to allow any of his own MANY authored stories from his extensive online library of early reader stories to be adapted into future fliplets (http://www.clarkness.com/index.htm)
  • Spencer Bohren, a professional musician based in New Orleans, and former winner of the International Blues Foundation "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" for Education, has agreed to allow his "Down the Dirt Road Blues" album to be adapted into interactive audio reading applications. (Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27bZeW8iO9I)   Note: This level of reading is at a higher level.

Q. I'm curious to experience an interactive audio "fliplet". Where do I begin? What should I do?
A. Great idea! Please click on the link to view a "fliplet plus" called "Polar Bear & Tiger" that includes additional questions and individual vocabulary items  (https://ulm.edu/aceadventures/102/index.html)  Just move your mouse around and click on something! If you are a teacher using this on an interactive smartboard, hold down the "CTRL" key and tap the "+" key to increase the display size of the text. Similarly, hold down the "CTRL" key and tap the "-" key to decrease the display size of the text.

Q. How can I participate in creating an interactive online open source early reading "picture book" ("fliplet")? 
A. This explains how you can participate:

Q. I want to provide artwork for a picture book. But, I can't draw! Is there something I can see to help me create artwork using Powerpoint shapes?
A. Yes. Please view this template for artwork created with Powerpoint shapes:

Q. Is everything here really free to use?
A. Yes. What you see on this website is "OER", an "Open Educational Resource". It's open source and really free to use. The "digital assets" (artwork, script, and audio files), however, belong the intellectual property of the respective authors. The "software framework" is absolutely free to use and adapt without restriction. When you create your "fliplet" using your own "digital assets", the "fliplet" belongs entirely to you.

All of the authors of the interactive audio applications on this website have agreed to allow their work to be freely shared, as is. Please do not appropriate their individual images, audio, or script without express approval of the respective author(s). The software framework is free; however, the media (images, script, audio) created by the authors is protected by copyright law.   

The HTML5 "Fliplet": An HTML5 Interactive Online Audio Picture Book That Works, Immediately, On Any Device
Directly below is a list of earlier HTML5 "Read Along" early reading "text based" applications created at the University of Louisiana Monroe, a large public university in northeastern Louisiana. The original reading story applications work on any device, immediately, without installation. It took nearly a decade to create a software application that could be used by teachers to create their own open source interactive audio online reading applications.

Previous versions of interactive audio "Read Along" applications will be converted into "fliplets"; a "fliplet" includes flipping pages, images, and clickable audio. As an "online talking picture book" with easy-to-use interactive audio designed for young readers, the "fliplet software framework" is completely free to use and to adapt. Young readers do enjoy using the much newer "fliplet" format. Throughout 2020, the focus is on creating more fliplets and new "click-and-hear" early reading support "mapped image applications" of illustrated elements of "word families", alphabets, and "sight words" used in early elementary school curricula. A child just needs to clicks on "anything displayed as an image"' when that "invisible mapped region" is clicked on, associated audio plays immediately.
  • Our goal is to create at least 100 working "fliplets" in 2020 before introducing them to elementary schools across Louisiana... at no cost. 
  • We intend to create visual tutorials to help "non-coder" teachers to create their own "fliplets" using free software. We believe that professional development support will make it possible for any interested teacher to create original early reading applications. 
  • This technology could also be used for learning a new language or in music education applications.  
Everything on this ULM website is free. The HTML5 interactive audio "fliplet" applications are free, child-friendly, and provide immediate interactive audio support for learning on any device. The prototype "fliplet" template is: "Polar Bear & Bear"; when you click on the image that appears directly below, you can experience how easily and intuitively the responsive HTML5 application works immediately without installation. And, yes, the applications work on cell phones. 

Graduate students in the ULM graduate program (M.Ed.) of Educational Technology Leadership are directly involved in the design and development of an evolving digital library of open source "fliplets" and related HTML5 interactive audio applications to address the great and serious issue of early literacy as an advocacy project of community service. 

Can this free online resource effectively address the greatest educational problem facing elementary schools in Louisiana? We believe it is possible to address  the serious issue of early literacy, at no cost! Future plans include encouraging and supporting doctoral students to study the direct impact of struggling early readers who have access to interactive online audio reading applications. We are actively seeking external support for funding research and further development. 

These Fliplets Are Based On A "Production Template" That Any Teacher Can Freely Use, At No Cost! 
These rhyming fliplets were authored by Theresa Callicott based on the new simplified "production template" that is linked below.

A. This is the link to a working version of the simplified "Polar Bear & Tiger" fliplet template:
    (This is the "fliplet plus" that contains additional linked questions and vocabulary:  https://ulm.edu/aceadventures/102/index.html)
B. This is the simplified editable "production guide" text file ( "FLIPLET-SCRIPT-PRODUCTION-GUIDE--Version-2020-11-13.txt"):
C. And, this is everything together, the complete simplified fliplet template, as a zip file:  https://ulm.edu/aceadventures/100/template.zip

Click on the links below to view these interactive audio "fliplets"!

Fliplet: "Wisdom Of Queen Amelia"

Fliplet: "Cats"

Fliplet: "What Animal Is Bryce Today?"

Fliplet: "Frosty Fry Treat"

Fliplet: "Polar Bear & Tiger" (This "Fliplet Plus" Includes Additional Response Questions And Individual Vocabulary Items) 

Previous Efforts (HTML5)
Below are previous HTML5 text-based reading applications that were developed in previous years. However, based on direct feedback from young learners, the overwhelming response was a huge preference for "pictures". So, a redesign was necessary. These text and audio working applications will be converted into the updated and revised "fliplet" "flipping picture books". 

1. This is an advanced level "read-along" story called "Windswept":

2. This is a very basic "read-along" song for learning the ABC's called "Alphabet Song":

3. This is a popular and traditional "read-along" song called "Hunting We Will Go":

4. This is a short rhyming story about sharing called "A Tasty Treat":      

5. This song is about the salmon life cycle. It's called "Salmon Song":

6. This rhyming story is about "Tiny Tadpoles":

7. What happens when it snows? It's a "Snow Day":

8. This is a simple French song called "Bonjour":        

9. This rhyming story is one of our most popular!


10. We are very proud of this particular rhyming story about Louisiana, created by one of our graduate students.


Future Efforts
We believe that this open source educational initiative is the start of a long-term positive and significant impact on early readers everywhere. During the critical formative years of a child's development, reading has a huge impact on a child's confidence and perceived ability ("efficacy") to learn. There is just too much at stake when a child's self-confidence can be eroded by a lack of reading resources. We believe that the availability of freely available interactive audio illustrated reading stories can provide valuable opportunities for children to read without "obstacles" on practically any device, including cell phones. Instead of quitting when an unfamiliar word appears, an early reader can just click on a sentence to hear immediate audio... and then continue reading. This is significant because it instills a joy in reading. Even family and guardians with limited English can encourage and support early reading. These free online early reading applications may make an immense and positive difference. Use freely!

Q. Could I take a video-based online course to learn how to create fliplets from start to finish?
A. In the near future, the lead developer of the "fliplet" open source software framework, Dr. Mike Beutner (Ph.D., Instructional Technology), will create a series of online video courses. His contact information is: m_beutner [at] yahoo.com 

Financial Support
If you are interested in supporting this initiative directly, you can donate through the University of Louisiana at Monroe Foundation by clicking on the "Designation" drop down menu to select "Ace Adventures". We appreciate your support.