#BringCreativity newsletter April 2019

Monica BurnsNewsletter

Latest Book Creator updates

Updated resources section and new PD template for teachers

We recently made some big changes to our Resources for Teachers page. You can now search for resources by grade or subject, and you'll find a rich database of lesson ideas, tips, and case studies from teachers around the world.

Check out our resources page here.

Book Creator for Chrome users will see that we've added this resource hub to the Teacher Dashboard right within the app. This is coming to iPad soon too.

Resources grid

Training others on Book Creator?

As part of our Resources refresh, we also published a new PD template to use as the basis of your presentations when teaching Book Creator to colleagues. This Google Slides deck has 50+ slides that you can re-order, remix and customise to adapt to your needs. The deck includes an introduction, example books, a guide to demoing Book Creator, and prompts to get teachers creating their own books.

Get your copy here.

Google Infused Classroom front cover

Microbooks - a new way of learning

We've teamed up with Elevate Books Edu to publish a new kind of learning resource - a microbook. The first in the series is Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith's Google Infused Classroom.

Find out more here.

#BookCreator chat

Join us for Math and Science In Your World. We'll be creating a resource together that you can use in your classroom with your students.

Thursday, 18th April 9pm EST. Check your timezone

April Lesson spotlight

Here are some lesson ideas to help you plan for some of the key dates this month.

Early Elementary (K-2)

To celebrate National Library Week (7-13 April) this month, why not host a 'book tasting' event in your library? That's what Teacher-Librarian Mira Campbell did, to great effect.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

The change of seasons from winter to spring provides a great opportunity for goal setting and reflecting. Check out activity #6 on this list to help inspire a goal setting activity in your own classroom!

Middle School (6-8)

To help celebrate International Children’s Book Day (2nd April) this month, your students can profile a favorite author like the “exploring authors” activity in this ebook.

High School (9-12)

The “Maps Tell Stories” activity in this book is perfect for making Earth Day (22 April) connections. Ask students to choose a place that has experienced a natural disaster or climate change to profile for their page.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

This month’s spotlight features Book Creator Ambassador Karen Bosch. She is a K-8 technology educator from Michigan who uses Book Creator with her students.

April is National Poetry Month and Karen has a fantastic blog post in the Book Creator archive all about a middle school poetry project.

In this blog post she shares examples of student work, and the story behind the books her students have made. Karen also discusses some of the “app smashes” she used for this Book Creator project, so if you’re not teaching poetry this year you’ll still have plenty of ideas to choose from!

April Social Challenge

Do you prefer learning through seeing? Check out our YouTube channel for great tutorials, webinars and examples of Book Creator in education.

Make sure to subscribe to our channel to get notified of the latest videos.

When you find a video you like, share it on Twitter and include the hashtag #BCchallenge and you could be our lucky prize winner for April!

Our March winner was Esmeralda Pang on Instagram. And here's a picture of February winner Sabine Schütz enjoying her mug!

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