March 2020 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
Using Emojis in the Classroom
Dr. Monica Burns has written an amazing new book, challenging you to bring the power of emojis to your classroom! This new ebook, Using Emojis in the Classroom is packed with fun ideas that you probably hadn’t thought of before!
New features in Book Creator
We announced a raft of accessibility features last month, along with news that Book Creator now works on Microsoft Edge. Here's a recording of the webinar that Jon Smith hosted to explain these key updates.
Jon's back online again throughout March with his regular drop-in webinars - your chance to learn about Book Creator and ask anything you want!
On the subject of those new features, if accessibility is something particularly important to your role in education, you may want to check out the new Accessibility Hub on our support pages.
Flipgrid AppSmash madness
This month Flipgrid are publishing a series of videos where educators showcase their creativity & critical thinking skills with appsmashing!
Be sure to look out for Holly Clark and her appsmash using Book Creator. Show your appreciation by voting for her!
Find out more at flipgrid.com/appsmash2020
March 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)
March 19th is the First Day of Spring and you might pair this celebration with activity #4 in this book. Students can use your sentence starters to write about the new season!
Find it here: Supporting Language Learners with Book Creator
Upper Elementary (3-5)
March 1st to 7th is Read an Ebook Week and students can capture their reading responses using any of the activities in this book. You might explore the library of student books made in Book Creator to find one for your class to read!
Find it here: 15 Ways to Use Book Creator for Reading Responses
Middle School (6-8)
March is American Red Cross Month, and you can have students try activity #11 in this book. They can find vocabulary words related to the American Red Cross Month to create a collaborative book!
Find it here: Using Book Creator for Formative Assessment
High School (9-12)
During Newspapers in Education Week, have students try out the “Researching Your Town” activity in this book. Part of their research should include looking at old newspapers.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
Inspired by The Incredible Freedom Machines by Kirli Saunders, this partnership between Mira Campbell and a grade 6 class saw students design and reflect on their own freedom machines. Check out their amazing creations!
Find it here: Incredible Freedom Machines: The Journey by FH Miller Grade 6's
Be inspired by student work! You can find more examples at bookcreator.com/examples.
Book Creator Ambassador spotlight
Robert Quigley, Dingwall, Scotland
Robert Quigley is a headteacher, currently seconded as a Digital Development Officer in the Highlands of Scotland, UK.
He's an enthusiastic supporter of Book Creator and we love his work with rural schools out on the edges of Scotland!
You can follow Robert on Twitter @highlandquigley.
If you've ever wondered what a book made in Scottish Gaelic would look/sound like - how about this? 🏴
BRILLIANT day visiting the primary tri-cluster on Skye of Knockbreck, Edinbane & Macdiarmid yesterday to showcase @BookCreatorApp to pupils and staff. Amazing hospitality and sheer enthusiasm from all! Delighted to support schools in more rural locales...#ThisIsHighland pic.twitter.com/OSRNpmTEOq— Robert A Quigley (aka Original Quigley) (@highlandquigley) January 30, 2020
March Social Challenge
We'd love for you to win a special Book Creator mug!
Share a 🎶 musical activity featuring Book Creator with the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge to help celebrate National Music in Our Schools Month
and make sure to tag us so we can follow along and celebrate your creations!
We'll choose one lucky winner at random. Good luck!
Recent posts found on Instagram:
- Mein erstes Buch mit @bookcreatorapp ist online. digitaleslernen
- Årskurs 4-6 producerar egna barnböcker (riktat mot åldrarna 3-5 år) digitalt. digilulea
- ¡Lista y con las pilas recargadas 🔋 para partir un nuevo año escolar presentando @BookCreatorApp , mi app favorita , a un grupo de profes motivados!? titialvayay_edu
- Students were hard at work finishing their narrative writing so they could illustrate their stories using the @bookcreatorapp 📚 misslutz_pso
- We used Book Creator for the first time yesterday for every student to make their own book about a maths concept teacher_mumma
- #BringCreativity newsletter February 2020
- 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
- Creating sign language books in Book Creator
- Paper by FiftyThree and Book Creator
- How to get your students to plan the Book Creator lesson
- Book Creator helps transform the therapy experience of families affected by disability
- Inspiring political engagement in the classroom
- Book Creator for Chrome open for beta testing
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.