#BringCreativity newsletter May 2019

Monica BurnsNewsletter

Latest Book Creator updates

Book Creator comes to Mac, and a useful new library setting for teachers.
Book Creator on Safari

Safari iconWe've been calling our web app Book Creator for Chrome since 2017, but now, for the first time you can create books on Safari too. Safari is the web browser for iMacs, MacBooks and iPads. Maybe we need to call it Book Creator for Web from now on?

Anyway, the good news here is that you can now use even more devices to access Book Creator. And while we do of course still have an independent Book Creator for iPad app, you could choose to use the web app in Safari on your iPad instead.

Why would you do that? Well, you'll get all the benefits of signing into the app - teacher/student libraries, collaboration, Google image search and more.

Why would you use the iPad app instead? If you don't want students to sign into Book Creator, and want to keep all of your books offline and local to the iPad, you would use the iPad app instead. Note that this summer we'll be releasing an update allowing you to sign in to the iPad app and access all of the books made on other devices too (so you'll get the best of both worlds!).

Turn off student editing

The other recent update we rolled out is the ability to turn off student editing. This appears as a new toggle when you click on the Library Settings cog in the toolbar.

Screenshot of library settings - student edit settings highlighted with red box

We had a lot of requests for this feature, as teachers often want to set a deadline for books to be completed. Now teachers can simply flick the toggle and students will still be able to access their books, but they will be in read-only mode, and they won't be able to make any more edits.

May Lesson spotlight

This month we can’t wait to celebrate National Photography Month! Here are some lesson ideas for May.

Early Elementary (K-2)

To celebrate National Photography Month, check out Activity #9 on picture collages. Students can find or snap pictures on any topic to make a photo collage!

Upper Elementary (3-5)

Take a poetic spin on Activity #11 on healthy habits by having students write a limerick about eating healthy. National Limerick Day is May 12th, so this is a great way to celebrate with a cross-curricular activity.

Middle School (6-8)

To help students reflect on the meaning behind Memorial Day, try out Activity #12. Students can snap a picture or take a screenshot of a primary source document to create a page, then they can share their page with their classmates in Seesaw.

High School (9-12)

On May the 4th this year (aka Star Wars Day) take a spin on the “Enhanced Podcasting” activity on this page and have students record ideas for their own Star Wars reboot. Encourage them to think about the hero/guide narrative structure of this film.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

This month’s spotlight features Book Creator Ambassador Michael Hernandez.

Michael is a Media Arts teacher based in California and author of Book Creator for the High School Classroom. He brings digital storytelling and media literacy lessons to life for his students and has developed resources to help educators do the same in their classrooms.

Michael’s new podcast is called Change the Narrative and features stories inspired by experience. You’ll find episodes on a range of topics with lots of connections to the topics you explore with students around hands-on learning experiences. We’re excited to sponsor Michael’s new venture and can’t wait for you to check out his new podcast!

May Social Challenge

What’s your favorite social network? Whether you use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, there are lots of ways to share and gather ideas from social media.

We’d love for you to follow along with us — and tag us when you have something fun to share!

For a chance to win a Book Creator mug this month, we'd like you to head over to Twitter and share a favorite Book Creator activity.

Use the hashtag #BCchallenge when you tweet out ways you like to use Book Creator with students. Bonus points if you join our Twitter chat this month too!

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