Everyone loves a good ‘best of’ list to start the year. Here’s our most shared posts from last year.
Book Creator is coming to the web
It was back in February that we first made perhaps the biggest announcement since launching our iPad app in 2011. Book Creator for Chrome has now launched (and this post announced that in August).
Book Creator for Chrome brings book creation to any device, and allows for creating libraries so teachers can invite students to a shared workspace. Our next update… real-time collaboration (coming soon!).
Publish and read your books online
Even before the launch of Book Creator for Chrome, we had time to fit in perhaps the biggest update ever to Book Creator for iPad. We made this announcement in May.
This update was all about improving the way you share student work with parents, or showcase books to a wider audience. We built an online ePub reader so your books can be published straight from Book Creator and read on any device.
#BookSnaps and Book Creator
In September we were honoured to publish a guest post from Tara M. Martin, the founder of the #BookSnaps idea for book study and reflection.
Tara explained the concept of BookSnaps, and then April Padalino, a Literacy Specialist, detailed how she has used Book Creator with students to demonstrate BookSnaps with their favourite books.
This proved to be a very popular topic on Twitter, particularly because #BookSnaps has its own hashtag!
What are the 6Cs and why are they important?
This post was published as late as October and was still one of our most shared posts of the year.
The idea came from a conversation with Beth Holland about doing a series of blog posts based on the 6Cs – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, citizenship and character development. This post kicks off the series, along with that month’s #BookCreator Twitter chat on the same subject.
We plan to post the first study in this series, which will be about collaboration, later this month.
Apple employee self-publishes his books with Book Creator
Although we see Book Creator very much primarily as an education app these days, we still love hearing about how people have used the app to self-publish their books.
This rather touching story is about Allan Thompson, a trainer at an Apple Store in London, who realised his dream of bringing his creation to the world.
His books follow the adventures of ‘Strawberry Monkey’, and this post chronicles Allan’s journey from training kids to use Book Creator to using the app himself as the best solution he could find for publishing on the iBooks Store.
Thanks to everyone who used Book Creator last year, and who continue to read and share our posts.
We’re excited about 2018 and what it may bring. Happy book making.