#BringCreativity newsletter June 2020

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Some thoughts on capturing and documenting school life as the school year draws to an end.

For many schools around the world, the academic year is ending, and many of us haven't had a chance to wind up the year as we would have liked, thanks to the lockdown.

One way to try and give students closure is by creating a digital yearbook, and we've seen some great examples in recent weeks. We've been asked numerous times whether or not we have a template for this. We don't - so we decided to make one!

Yearbook template

Get your copy of the template

Journals and digital portfolios

Book Creator is a great tool for collating student work because you can use all types of media - text, images, audio, video. You can even embed documents or creations from other apps. What's more, you can have students reflect on their learning, which really enhances a portfolio.

Dr. Monica Burns talked about this and more in her recent webinar, which is well worth a look. She'll be following that up with a new ebook on this topic in the coming weeks.

Webinars in June

Speaking of webinars, we're still running daily webinars this month, trying to cover as many timezones as possible! Here are some choice ones. Click on the links to register and view all of our webinars at bookcreator.com/webinars

ICYMI

Book Creator has picked up another award, winning the EdTech Cool Tool Award 2020 from EdTech Digest. Book Creator beat the competition to be the winner in the ‘Authoring Tools Solution’ category.

Our Big Activity Book is now available in French and Swedish! Thanks to the Book Creator community for translating.

Here is a short case study from Santiago, Chile on the power of publishing in the language classroom.

Coming soon...

June 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)

Try out Activity #3 during AudioBook Appreciation Month, and have students share math stories with both voice and visuals. They can use the audio book feature to record their voice on each page.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

Have students choose a summer-themed book, fable, or poem and retell a scene using emojis. Head to page 10 of this book to see a few examples of what this looks like in action!

Middle School (6-8)

As part of Sports America Kids Month, have students try out the “Create Your Own Indoor Exercise Routine” in this book. They can each create a page and submit it for a collaborative class creation!

High School (9-12)

Page 15 of this book tells you all about Soundtrap, a tool students can use to capture audio. If your students record a podcast with Soundtrap they can add a link to it from any page in Book Creator.

Student showcase

Jennifer Stack is a Teacher at CBS The Green in Tralee, Country Kerry, Ireland. She reached out to us to let us know about Cian, a very special student at her school, who has been using Book Creator to document his first year at secondary school.
Find it here: Documenting my first year at secondary school, by Cian Heaslip
Check out more example books and resources for special education.

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Jane Ross, Jakarta, Indonesia

This month’s Book Creator Ambassador Spotlight is Jane Ross. Jane is a Technology Coach in an International School in Jakarta and an Apple Distinguished Educator. She shares lots of innovative ideas on her Twitter feed and her blog, 1:1 in Practice.

Jane has published numerous blog posts on our site and shared the ways her students use Book Creator to chronicle their learning. Her work focuses on using Book Creator on iPad and she has lots of great stories to tell.

On her blog, Jane shared a strategy for using the online Book Creator version on iPad. In this blog post, Jane talks about some activities you can try out in your own classroom.

June 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!

Congratulations to last month's winner, Charles Youngs.

4 Comments on “#BringCreativity newsletter June 2020”

  1. Changing email address

    I am leaving my current school for a new adventure next year. I want to change my email address so I continue to get emails over the summer;however, I could not navigate my way to that screen on the website. Please let me know how to do that. Thank you.

  2. Hi, I used Book Creator with my Portuguese learning students last year. It was a great success! I would like to continue using Book Creator in September. But I don’t feel up to being an ambassador. What are my choices? Will I get a new number of free books?

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