We are so excited to announce our latest update to Book Creator - this might just be the update you've been waiting for.
Teachers and students can now work on books together at the same time with real-time collaboration!
Just turn on collaboration for a book and anyone in the library can then work on the book. This major update is something we've been working on for a while, and we're really pleased to finally announce it.
Here's what you need to know.
This is a paid feature
Real-time collaboration will be available to anyone who has subscribed to a paid plan in Book Creator online. So if you've already signed up to a teacher or school plan, you'll find the update available the next time you login to the app. Just follow the guidance in our support article.
There's a free trial to get started
If you're on the free plan (1 library, 40 books), but you'd like to try out collaboration, you can activate your free 14-day trial from within the app. No commitment, no payment details required.
It's not available on iPad...
...unless you use the Safari or Chrome browser to sign into Book Creator online. You won't find this feature in the Book Creator for iPad app.
Collaborating in the classroom
So, how will you use this new feature with your students? In reality, a class book can take any form—it could be a 'getting to know' you book for the start of the year; or a research journal where you work on a page each to show your learning. Or maybe even team up with another school from across the world and share knowledge about your different cultures?
A group of teachers tested this feature out during #BookCreator Twitter chat recently, working together on a book to answer questions about using technology to improve literacy.
We have lots of examples of where collaboration can work well (note, these were mostly made using the method where students work separately and then combine the books into one—this method will still work if you prefer it).
Do you have any ideas for how you'll use this feature with your students? Share them in the comments below!
I'm making a collaborative book using the new collaboration features in @BookCreatorApp. Fancy co-authoring it with me and adding your ideas on how you could use Book Creator for collaboration in the classroom? Drop me a line to get the access code! #edtech #elearning pic.twitter.com/c2FmqaPs8J— Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) March 3, 2018
Whatttttt!!!! 🤯💨 So pumped! It looks like I’ll be using @BookCreatorApp for the technology based solution for my @UMUC @UMUC_InstTech Graduate school Capstone project! This new feature would be icing on the 🎂!— Mr. Dulberger (@mrdulberger) February 25, 2018
HUGE NEWS @BookCreatorApp has launched collaboration! It will be a paid feature but you can test it out for 14 days for free! We used it in our webinar last week and it was amazing! https://t.co/WG8hZtktI1— Ben Sondgeroth (@Mr_Sondgeroth) March 1, 2018
What? @BookCreatorApp for Chrome just released a real time collaboration? Wow! Nice update, gang!— Ｃｒａｉｇ Ｂａｄｕｒａ (@mrbadura) March 1, 2018
Students are on a @BookCreatorApp bug hunt! They're testing out the latest feature of Book Creator For Chrome....Real-Time Collaboration! The feature we've all been waiting for! It's about to be released & our students are on the case trying to help! @TDSB_TLT Art by @gowalkergo pic.twitter.com/Kj039by5eZ— Mira Campbell (@CampbellMira) February 14, 2018
Whoa!! Mic drop moment! #collaboration at its finest! 🙌— Jenny Mitchell💡 (@Jmitch462) February 10, 2018
Working with Grades 1 and 5 this week learning @BookCreatorApp and this collaboration question came up. Can’t wait to share the good news!!! Your product just keeps getting better and better!! 👍🏻😃 https://t.co/fFiJz1jVhJ— Trish C (@AISITrish) February 10, 2018
One of Dan’s favourite jobs is hearing the stories of how Book Creator is used to bring joy to classrooms all over the world, and he happily retells these stories on these pages!