#BringCreativity newsletter May 2020

Dan KempNewsletter, Remote Learning

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We've been incredibly busy in the past few weeks, focusing on a couple of small but mighty changes to Book Creator to make teachers' lives easier!

Improvements to collaboration

Our real-time collaboration feature was hailed as a game-changer back in March 2018. It was designed to allow anyone in the library to collaborate on a book - but you asked us to change that so the author can choose who gets to collaborate with them. So we made that happen!

Learn more

Choosing who can collaborate
Improvements to signing in

For students who don't have an email address and therefore can't sign in with a Google, Office 365 or Clever ID, we've always offered the option to sign in with a QR code instead.

However, that causes more of a challenge now everyone is remote learning! So we've now given you the option to sign in with a login link instead.

Managing student logins

So, instead of a QR badge, you send your students a URL that they can copy and paste into the browser which will automatically log them into your library. This works exactly the same as the QR codes did, but offers a way to sign in where printing and physically scanning the QR badge isn't an option.

Set up student logins

New Remote Learning hub

Speaking of remote learning, we've created an all new hub where you can access information, resources and ideas for using Book Creator for home learning.

The hub is divided into separate sections for schools/districts, teachers and families.


Webinars in May

You can view the full calendar of webinars here. We've highlighted a few that you might be interested in:

New ebooks

There are a couple of new ebooks for you to check out this month:

Ignite Creativity in your Chromebook ClassroomFirst is Ignite Creativity in your Classroom by Ben Sondgeroth.

This is a book packed with tools and lesson ideas that you can use right away. An essential read for any teachers using Chromebooks in the classroom (although most of these apps will work on multiple platforms).

Innovative Blended Learning Ideas ebook front coverNext is Innovative Blended Learning ideas from Naomi Harm.

This book is an innovation idea guide to support teachers, parents, grandparents and students with quick and simple remote learning ideas.

May 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)

Activity #14 of this book is perfect for celebrating Space Day this month. Students can spotlight different planets and share what they’ve learned about each one.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

Take a springtime spin on Activity #12 in this book. Students can create art inspired by the season. This can include illustrations inside of Book Creator where they use their voice to add a description.

Middle School (6-8)

Students can try Activity #5 in this book to use “counting money” skills to help create a budget. They might look at the cost of groceries and create a list of what to buy and how much the total will cost.

High School (9-12)

The Collaborative Time Capsule activity might be a good fit for your high school students. They can “capture” moments from this spring to put in a collaborative book to share their experiences with classmates of today and students of tomorrow.

Student showcase

This is a fantastic idea, shared by Book Creator Ambassador Krista Sarginson. Students wrote postcards to kids in the future describing what life has been like during the lockdown. A great idea for remote learning!

Find it here: Postcards from the Window Ledge - Notes from the days of Covid-19

by Grade 5 & 6, St. Leonard School, Manotick, Ontario, Canada

We have more home learning example books in our remote learning library.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Naomi Harm, Arizona USA

This month’s Book Creator Ambassador spotlight is on Naomi Harm. Naomi is a Women in Leadership Global Speaker, STEM Innovation Specialist, ISTE PD Facilitator, and Google Certified Educator.

Naomi has been using Book Creator since 2013, and was one of our original Ambassadors in 2015. She regularly presents Book Creator at events in the US and beyond, and also goes into schools to educate teachers.

Naomi recently shared a special resource on Book Creator’s blog. It’s called the Innovative Blended Learning Ideas eBook.

You can follow Naomi on Twitter @NaomiHarm.

May 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 lesson idea or activity you’ve used with students working from home with the hashtag #BookCreatorChallenge 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!

2 Comments on “#BringCreativity newsletter May 2020”

    1. Hi Julie – the newsletter goes out to everyone who has an account at app.bookcreator.com. You already have an account so you should be getting our emails!

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