May 2020 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
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!
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.
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.
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.
Webinars in May
You can view the full calendar of webinars here. We've highlighted a few that you might be interested in:
- Let’s Get Creative with Book Creator! — Ben Sondgeroth
- Aprendiendo a Distancia con Book Creator — Alberto Valdes
- Home Learning with Book Creator — Jon Smith
- Favorite Apps to Use with Book Creator — Monica Burns
- 1 Book 1 Hour - Lockdown Edition! — Jon Smith
There are a couple of new ebooks for you to check out this month:
First 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).
Next 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.
Find it here: 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
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.
Find it here: Supporting Language Learners with Book Creator
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.
Find it here: Using Book Creator for Formative Assessment
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.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
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!
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.
As A Book Creator ambassador I'm so excited for this update to share w/ edu friends students globally - let the creativity begin! "Drawing is an artist's most creative and spontaneous expression of one's vision. A form of writing- as it reveals its true personality." NH #ISTE19 pic.twitter.com/qSuR9Bryty— Ɲɑօʍí Ӈɑɾʍ (@naomiharm) June 24, 2019
May Social Challenge
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!
Recent discussions in the Facebook teachers group:
- I'm new to Book Creator. I've figured out how to share a book with my students in Google Classroom. Is there a way to make the copy they get an interactive copy? Nicole Vagacs
- Hi! Does anyone have a Mother's Day Book Creator template to share? Jennifer Parisi
- Does Book Creator work in any other browser than Google Chrome? Thanks in advance. Paulo Cardoso
- Comparto con ustedes este cuaderno digital, incluí una canción en mp3 en una de las páginas. Cordiales saludos. Cristiam Peña
- Just to double check… There is no way to sign into a library code through the iPad app? Giles Hill
- #BringCreativity newsletter April 2020
- #BringCreativity newsletter March 2020
- Innovative Blended Learning ideas
- Support for schools affected by Coronavirus
- App smashing Book Creator and ThingLink for Video
- The Big Book Creator Activity book
- Book Creator as a tool for worldschooling
- 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
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.