April 2020 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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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:
- 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.
- Start your collaboration trial on your account – you’ll automatically get 90 days free.
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.
Find it here: Using Book Creator in the Elementary Classroom
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).
Find it here: 15 Ways to Use Book Creator for Reading Responses
Middle School (6-8)
Find it here: 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
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.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
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.
- #BringCreativity newsletter March 2020
- Teaching direct speech with Memes in Book Creator
- Innovative Blended Learning ideas
- Book Creator in the French classroom
- #the262 – Book Creator marathon!
- Putting publishing into the hands of students
- 15 Social Studies projects – free ebook
- Support for schools affected by Coronavirus
- Hosting a modern ‘book tasting’ with Book Creator for Chrome
- 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
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.