October 2019 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator updates
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Find it here: Book Creator - Ways To Enhance Literacy
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.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
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.
Find it here: Using Book Creator for Formative Assessment
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 also follow her adventures in the classroom at messytech.com.
#onetinytip @pd4uandme @BookCreatorApp— Messy Tech (@messy_tech) September 23, 2019
My latest micro-video: How to embed a Book Creator book into a Google site. @tearagon7 @idletim @Cmurphy390 @rlrcroskey @Tonihammy @JenMitchellEDU @EdtechAnt @janeinjava @Tech_missc @MrsTannenb @jillmclean27 @specialtechie @DitchThatTxtbk pic.twitter.com/hNUqYLXn5h
October Social Challenge
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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- #BringCreativity newsletter September 2019
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- #the262 – Book Creator marathon!
- Putting publishing into the hands of students
- 15 Social Studies projects – free ebook
- Paper by FiftyThree and Book Creator
- Book Creator helps transform the therapy experience of families affected by disability
- How to get your students to plan the Book Creator lesson
- Inspiring political engagement in the classroom
- Illustrator brings his daughter’s book to life
- Lesson plan for a flipped classroom with Book Creator
Dan Kemp is Red Jumper’s Community Manager. He spends his time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.