#BringCreativity newsletter October 2019

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Latest Book Creator updates

Kicking off the new school year with massive event!
Book Creator competition for schools
Win 5 Chromebook tablets and other prizes

Are you ready to get creative? We’re launching a fantastic competition for schools, with amazing prizes on offer. Let’s start the new school year with a bang and show what students are capable of!

Submission deadline: 10th January 2020.

The prizes

Competition prizes

There are two categories: ages 4-11 and ages 12-18. We will select a winner from both of these categories. The competition theme is "A Better Future"—which should create some fantastic learning outcomes for your students, and some amazing book ideas for the competition!

Full details and terms and conditions can be found at bookcreator.com/competition.

Find out more

Upcoming webinars

Jon Smith has already kicked off his new weekly webinar series and they're proving a hit! Stop by for an informal chat with our Teacher Success Manager and let him help you get started with Book Creator.

Click on the link to register.

Book Creator for just $5 per month

Don't forget that we recently changed our payment options. You can now get an upgraded Book Creator plan on a monthly basis, for as little as $5 per month for individual teachers.

Upgrading a plan

This unlocks:

  • 180 books and 3 libraries
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Invite teachers to share a library
  • Other admin features

To upgrade, just click on the link on your avatar when signed into the app.

Dive Into Inquiry microbook

This is a chapter from Trevor Mackenzie's book about designing inquiry units to help shift the control of learning from teacher to student. The full book is available from Elevate Books Edu.

Read chapter in Book Creator

October Lesson spotlight

Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In our October lesson spotlight, we’ve shared one special lesson from each book for you to explore this month. Check out the Resources section of your Teacher Dashboard for even more ideas!

Early Elementary (K-2)

For Halloween this year, introduce the idea of Haiku Poetry to your class alongside this activity on page 48. Ask students to practice writing a haiku about a spooky topic.


Upper Elementary (3-5)

Ask students to take a spin on the “Researching Your Town” activity to celebrate World Teachers Day (5th Oct). Students can interview community members to ask them about their favorite teachers.


Middle School (6-8)

As part of Digital Citizenship Week (14-18 Oct), have students try out activity #4 to learn about the ways students stay safe online in different parts of the world. They can share their experience with a partner class!


High School (9-12)

For a Media Literacy Week (21-25 Oct) activity, ask students to try out activity #9 and give video reflections of their experience searching for and evaluating high-quality resources during a research project.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Jill A. Hostetler, Teacher, Concord Oxbow Elementary

Jill Hostetler is a 4th grade elementary teacher in Elkhart, Indiana (USA). She's one of the 150+ new Book Creator Ambassadors in the class of 2019.

You can find Jill on Twitter @messy_tech - she's been sharing lots of great Book Creator ideas and advice recently (you'll often find her tweets under the #onetinytip hashtag).

You can also follow her adventures in the classroom at messytech.com.

October Social Challenge

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

We'd love for you to win a special Book Creator mug!

This month's theme is Halloween.

Post your Halloween lesson ideas or books you've made in our Facebook Teachers group with the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge and we'll choose one of you at random. Good luck!

Our September winner was Vojtěch Gybas from the Czech Republic. Congratulations!

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