#BringCreativity newsletter April 2020

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Here's how we're supporting you in April.

This is a new situation for all of us. It's amazing to see how adaptable teachers, students and families can be. Well done to all of you for persevering at this time. At Book Creator, we've been racking our brains to try and think of as many ways to support you as we can! Here's what we've got so far...

Help with remote learning

We understand many schools have found it a challenge to suddenly adapt their IT solutions for home learning - so we've produced this detailed guide for teachers and parents to get set up with Book Creator so students can sign in at home.

Read the guidance

Does your school or district need more direct support with the transition to remote learning? Book a meeting here and someone from our team will be in contact with you soon.

The Big Book Creator Activity Book front cover

The Big Book Creator Activity Book is a free activity book designed to help out with homeschooling while schools are closed. It's jam-packed with interactive content, puzzles, games, and challenges to bring out your creative side.

We had a lot of fun making this, we hope you enjoy completing it!

Get your copy

Remote learning webinars

Our daily webinars have been extremely popular so far. Jon Smith and Catherine Cappiello from the Book Creator team have been guiding teachers through home learning with Book Creator and getting started with the app.

We've also scheduled in 7 new webinars with Monica Burns from Class Tech Tips and we've got Leslie Fisher lined up to bring you ideas on remote learning and accessibility, and more.

View the full calendar of webinars (in your own time zone) at bookcreator.com/webinars. All webinars are free to register!

Here's a recording of the Home Learning webinar, in case you can't make a live session.

Book Creator Masterclass

If you're looking to do some self-paced learning on Book Creator, now is your chance as Holly Clark at Infused Learning has just released a Book Creator Masterclass course on Teachable for free!

Take the course

Book Creator translated into local languages

One of the other ways we've supported home learning is by translating Book Creator into 10 new languages, based on the parts of the world where Book Creator is most popular. So you can now use Book Creator in your native language!

🇳🇴 🇳🇱 🇯🇵 🇫🇮 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 🇪🇸 🇸🇪 🇮🇹 🇩🇰

Learn more

Free 90-day upgrade for collaboration

We're offering anyone affected by school closure a free premium upgrade to our real-time collaboration feature.

To claim your free collaboration upgrade, you’ll need to:

  1. Sign into your Book Creator account. If you don’t have an account yet, create one and we’ll give you 1 library and 40 books for free.
  2. Start your collaboration trial on your account – you’ll automatically get 90 days free.

Get your upgrade

April Lesson spotlight

This month we've asked Monica Burns to dedicate this section to ideas you can try from home. You might also want to check out her webinar: Family-Focused Projects for Book Creator.

Early Elementary (K-2)

Activity #14 in this book helps kids focus on sharing a bit about themselves and what is important to them. This project might be one you want families to work on together.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

If your students are reading independently at home, check out this book and decide together on a way to share something they’ve read. Encourage students to use voice recording to talk about their books. (Recording audio is also a good way for teachers to remotely leave feedback on student work).

Middle School (6-8)

As many students learn from home this month, encourage them to capture healthy eating ideas in a class book. You might ask students to share a favorite family recipe and create a collaborative book.

High School (9-12)

Writing poetry is a popular activity in April and students can use Activity #8 in this book as inspiration. You might ask students to think of topics related to the current public health crisis.

Student showcase

This book is the winner of our 2020 Book Creator competition (age 12-18). We had over 100 entries from 22 different countries. This winning book came from Bulgaria.

Find it here: A Better Future by TEAM

Read all about our winners and runners up in the Book Creator competition blog post.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Karen Lirenman, Teacher, Vancouver, Canada

Karen Lirenman is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Innovator, and ISTE Award recipient.

Karen has been using Book Creator since 2012(!) and has created lots of fantastic resources, involving her students in regular Book Creator activities. You can follow along with Karen on Twitter @KLirenman.

Karen is the author of one of our most popular ebooks - Using Book Creator in the Elementary Classroom.

She also made this super-interactive digital citizenship book with her students.

2 Comments on “#BringCreativity newsletter April 2020”

  1. I am a teacher of the deaf. Our students have either an iPad or a chrome book. I have made many signed books for our students using book creator and I love it. The books load easily on iBooks on the iPads. I’ve been trying to find a way to do the same thing for students who have chrome books so that they can also have access to these specially signed books to read and enjoy.
    I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you very much.
    Becky DeLeon
    Teacher of the Deaf
    Lamar Elementary

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