November 2019 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator updates
Book Creator competition - meet the judges
Hopefully you noticed the announcement of our Book Creator competition last month and have started making preparations to enter and win some amazing prizes! Up for grabs are 5 Chrome tablets, a Book Creator premium upgrade for every teacher in your school, paid registration to ISTE next June and professional printing of the winning books.
You have until 10th January 2020 to get your entries in! There are two age categories and the theme is A Better Future. Full competition details are here.
Here’s your opportunity to meet the judges and maybe pick up some tips from expert Book Creator Ambassadors! We’ve made sure your judges represent a wide spectrum of disciplines, world views and expertise.
You'll want to take advantage of these sessions with Jon Smith, our Teacher Success Manager. Book early! Here are the dates for November.
Click on the link to register.
- Weds, 6th November - 8pm EDT
- Weds, 13th November - 5pm EDT
- Weds, 20th November - 8pm EDT
- Weds, 27th November - 3pm EDT
Fonts in Book Creator
Did you know that there are over 50 fonts to choose from in Book Creator? Although you might have a font you like to use in your creations, talking to students about typeface is important. Font choice can communicate a tone and connect to the message students want to get across in their book.
Is their book more playful or more serious? Are they writing with a clear purpose? Can the font help them connect to their audience? These are the type of questions you might bring into a discussion with students. With dozens of fonts to choose from, students can combine creativity and content with their Book Creator creations!
November 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)
To celebrate Thanksgiving (28th November) in your classroom, have students create poems about things they are thankful for this year. Use Activity #2 in this book for inspiration!
Find it here: Using Book Creator in the Elementary Classroom
Upper Elementary (3-5)
To help students prepare for a Veteran’s Day (11th November) interview, have them post questions they would like to ask a Veteran on Flipgrid. Then, students can use the steps in this book to embed their Flipgrid responses into a Book Creator page with their full interview.
Find it here: The Ultimate Guide to Embedding Content in Book Creator
Middle School (6-8)
For National STEM/STEAM Day (8th November), students can try out Activity #13 from this book. They can profile a scientist behind a notable discovery or an invention in a collaborative class book.
Find it here: 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
High School (9-12)
As students get ready to celebrate National Recycling Day (15th November), they can use the Lab Report idea to chronicle a science experiment related to sustainability or earth science.
Find it here: Book Creator for the High School Classroom
Book Creator Ambassador spotlight
Marian Ortiz, English Teacher, Puerto Rico
This month’s Book Creator Ambassador Spotlight is Marian Ortiz. She is an English Teacher in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. We loved Marian’s recent tweet sharing Book Creator in action in her classroom. She showed off how students can create concept maps right from within Book Creator.
She demonstrated that students can use images, shapes, and links to connect content. A concept map helps students see connections between different ideas. With Book Creator, you can add a multimedia component to a traditional concept map. Make sure to follow along with Book Creator Ambassador Marian on Twitter, too!
November Social Challenge
We'd love for you to win a special Book Creator mug!
Share something you’ve accomplished with Book Creator this year. Tweet out your activity idea using the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge and make sure to tag @BookCreatorApp so we can follow along and celebrate the books you create.
We'll choose one lucky winner at random. Good luck!
- NCCA forensic associates fully engaged using Book Creator @stokes_suzanne
- First graders will put the story pictures in order then record what happened using sequencing words (Template) @Toppel_ELD
- How to delete items in Book Creator (Video) @messy_tech
- Bennett taught his class about stuttering today with a book he wrote @smurray66
- Mrs. Stabler Community Helpers (Cute book!) @jezibellestwit
- #BringCreativity newsletter October 2019
- Teaching direct speech with Memes in Book Creator
- Book Creator in the French classroom
- #the262 – Book Creator marathon!
- Putting publishing into the hands of students
- 15 Social Studies projects – free ebook
- Comic book competition – here are the finalists!
- 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
- 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.