#BringCreativity newsletter February 2020

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Latest Book Creator news

Lots of big announcements this month!
230+ accessibility improvements added to Book Creator

How to add an audio transcript

We treat equality in education seriously, and these updates reflect our commitment to bring digital publishing to all students, regardless of ability.

You can now:

🎙 Dictate in 120 languages
📝 Add captions to audio and video
⌨︎ Navigate using your keyboard
➕ much more.

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Create unlimited libraries

If you're on our premium Book Creator plan, up until now, you could create 10 libraries with 100 books in each. But now, we’re taking off the shackles and allowing you to create unlimited libraries with up to 200 in each library (up to your 1,000 book limit).

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Use Book Creator on Microsoft Edge

Book Creator now works on Microsoft Edge (along with Chrome and Safari) so it can be used on even more devices!  To celebrate, we're giving away lifetime upgrades for Book Creator to Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs).

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Introducing the new features

Our webinars this month are dedicated to introducing these new features, so choose a time that suits you and join Jon Smith for 45 minutes of Book Creator goodness!

Upcoming events

Our new School Partnerships Executive Catherine Cappiello will be at the TCEA Convention in Austin, Texas from 3rd - 7th February. She'll then be joining Jon Smith in Columbus, Ohio for OETC (find us at booth #1434) from 11th - 13th February.

At the end of the month you'll find Catherine at IDEAcon in Schaumburg, Illinois from 24th - 27th Feb. We'll be in booth #929.

Book Creator competition

Competition book covers

The Book Creator competition is now closed and judging has begun!

We hope to announce the finalists soon with the winners to be decided by the end of the month. Stay tuned!

February Lesson spotlight

Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In this month's 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)

February is American Heart Month and Activity #16 in this book is perfect for getting kids moving. Try having students teach each other how to play a favorite sport as you explore the importance of heart health and staying active this school year.


Upper Elementary (3-5)

As part of your Black History Month celebrations, students can use Activity #13 this book to profile a scientist. Students can research a notable scientist and feature them alongside images, text, and voice recordings.


Middle School (6-8)

Activity #3 in this book is perfect for Groundhog Day-themed stories. Have students create math problems with this theme as they create problems related to a groundhog seeing (or not seeing) its shadow.


High School (9-12)

Presidents Day is celebrated in February, and students can use the “Mock Interviews” activity to write an interview of a president, or presidential hopeful. Although this is a holiday in the United States, you might open it up to profiles of leaders from around the world.


Student showcase

We met Horry County Schools educator Chloe Rains Jones at FETC last month and she showed us this amazing yearbook concept book from a student, made for an AP European History assignment. It's a novel way of showcasing historical figures!

Find it here: My AP Euro Yearbook by Bailey Parsons

Be inspired by student work! You can find more examples at bookcreator.com/examples.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Rosita Darden, Florida, USA

This month’s Book Creator Ambassador Spotlight is Rosita Darden. Rosita is an Innovation Coordinator and Middle School ELA Teacher. Her students have created lots of books this year! Rosita is active on social media and you can see some of her students’ work by following along on Twitter.

Here is a book one of her students made on climate change. We love how they used lots of pictures and cited sources.

Here is another collaborative creation where her seventh grade students shared motivational quotes. We love how they each created a page for a class book.

Rosita is an active Ambassador for Book Creator, keen to help out at events and always participating in forum discussions.

February 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 a wintertime activity featuring Book Creator with the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge so we can follow along and celebrate your wintertime creations!.

We'll choose one lucky winner at random. Good luck!

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