January 2020 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
The Big Picture
In The Big Picture we share some of the reasons why we’re committed to supporting student creators around the world.
If you’re new to Book Creator, or sharing Book Creator with a fellow educator, this book provides a quick primer of how we might fit into your goals around creativity this school year.
And if you’re a seasoned Book Creator user (like our hundreds of ambassadors around the globe!), we know you’ll find some connections to the great work already happening in your classroom.
Interested in bringing podcasting to your classroom?
Michael Hernandez has written a brilliant new book to help you get to grips with podcasting, and use audio storytelling to enhance learning.
Podcasting For The Classroom is a free ebook, created with Book Creator, that guides teachers through the entire process from planning, to producing, to publishing.
Michael's guide draws on his own experience and is suitable for classrooms at all levels. A must read for teachers who want to produce podcasts for themselves or have students master a new skill.
Jon Smith wants to meet you and help you succeed with Book Creator! Join him for an informal webinar at a time that suits you.
Click on the link to register.
This month we'll be at both FETC (Miami) and on the Google stand at Bett (London). If you're attending either of these, we hope to see you there! We'll be making some Book Creator announcements during FETC so stay tuned!
Book Creator competition
There's still time to get your entries in for the Book Creator competition.
Don't miss out! We have a bucketful of prizes to give away. Entries must be in by 10th January.
January Lesson spotlight
Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In our January 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 kick off the new decade, students can interview a community member (Activity #1) and ask them about their goals for this year. Students might also draw a picture or record their voice sharing something they would like to accomplish this decade.
Upper Elementary (3-5)
Have your students celebrate the new decade by creating a virtual time capsule with Book Creator. Activity #7 in this book shares a template you can use to have students record the one item they would place in a class time capsule.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
Middle School (6-8)
Activity #11 in this book is all about Healthy Habits. Have students record and share a goal for a way they can stay healthy this decade. You might have them share their goal or a special tip in a collaborative book to share with a partner classroom.
Find it here: 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
High School (9-12)
The visual anthropology activity in this book is great for documenting change in your community. In addition to thinking forward to the future, you might ask students to interview community members to share ways their lives have changed in the past decade.
Find it here: Book Creator in the High School Classroom
Book Creator Ambassador spotlight
Vojtěch Gybas, Special Education Teacher, Czech Republic
Vojtěch is a special education teacher based in Bruntál, Czech Republic. He has been an Apple Professional Development Trainer since 2014, is a 2019 ADE, and is the ICT co-ordinator at his school.
We really admire the work that Vojtěch does, and he regularly shares his amazing work on Twitter — a guide to using Pages, made in Book Creator, anyone?. Or how about creating a ring binding template in Keynote to use in Book Creator?
A Book Creator Ambassador since 2015, in 2017 Vojtěch shared this wonderful case study of how his school were creating dictionaries in Book Creator for their deaf students. Inspirational!
You can follow Vojtěch on Twitter @VojtechGybas.
January Social Challenge
We'd love for you to win a special Book Creator mug!
Simply share a goal you have for the next decade. Post on Instagram using the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge so we can follow along and share your inspiration!
We'll choose one lucky winner at random. Good luck!
Congratulations to December's winner, Jen Wahl Garvey.
- 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
- 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
- An open letter to our Ambassadors
- Creating a dictionary for deaf students with Book Creator
Dan Kemp is Tools for School’s Marketing & Community Manager. He spends his time spreading the word about Book Creator and supporting people who use it.