#BringCreativity newsletter November 2019

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Last month our friends in Canada celebrated Thanksgiving, and this month celebrations continue in the United States! In this newsletter you’ll find some special resources and ideas for your students that connect to November themes along with ways to capture their gratitude.
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.

Meet the judges

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.

Meet the judges

Upcoming webinars

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.

Fonts in Book Creator

Fonts in Book CreatorDid 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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

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