#BringCreativity newsletter August 2020

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A month to dedicate yourself to personal development

This month we'd like to focus on the amazing PD opportunities that are available to you through Book Creator.

First up this month is a special virtual PD event in partnership with Google for Education and some of its Education Partners. The whole event runs over two days on Monday and Tuesday next week. You can watch Jon Smith speak on 'The World is My Audience' at 11am on Tuesday 4th August.

Register here

Book Creator Accreditation

A HUGE shoutout to Kansas City Public Schools in the US, where over 200 teachers have already gained their level 1 Book Creator Certified Authors badge! That puts them way out ahead as the district with the most certified authors. Does anyone else want to step up to the challenge?!

Get your certification

Book Creator Ambassadors

You have one month left to get your Book Creator Ambassador applications in! We're looking forward to welcoming the class of 2020 - and the standard is very high this year.

Apply now

Webinars for August

We have another packed schedule of webinars lined up for you this month. You can see the full list at bookcreator.com/webinars, but here are some highlights:

Book Creator updates

In July we released a small but mighty feature update, allowing you to copy and paste pages from one book to another, as well as copying/deleting multiple pages at a time.

Coming soon...

August Lesson spotlight

We’re excited to share some fantastic activities from creators around the world! Once you take a look at these we know you’ll be inspired to try out a similar activity with your students.

Imagined narratives

Students love to tell stories! You can have students make up stories about their hopes, dreams, or magical adventures. In Book Creator you can have students tell their stories in many different ways. In this tweet from @MissPromiska, you'll find a few third grade examples.

Tips for trying this out with your students:

  • First, read a story or imagined tale that acts as an example.
  • Then, ask students to think about a story idea and share with a classmate.
  • Next, encourage students to share their story using text, audio, and lots of pictures.
  • Finally, have students publish their book and share the link with a friend!

    Meal Planning Book

    In the Book Creator Teachers Facebook group, Fauzia Omar shared a link to a YouTube tutorial she made with an awesome Book Creator activity. If you want your students to create a meal plan, explore recipes, or think about healthy eating this activity is for you!

    Tips for trying this out with your students:

    • First, ask students to think of recipes to try over the course of a week.
    • Then, have students make one page in their book for each day of their meal plan.
    • Next, students can add pictures and their voice to help share cooking tips.
    • Finally, ask students to pick one meal from the week to share with their classmates.

      Joke Books

      Ready to start laughing? Have your students create a joke book where they each share something funny. This idea was posted by Mrs. Murphy. Her students use their voice and images to share some very funny jokes for a class book!

      Tips for trying this out with your students:

      • First, ask students to pick a joke and practice telling it to a friend or family member.
      • Then, have students add their joke to a page using voice narration or text.
      • Next, encourage students to choose pictures and colors connected to their joke. 
      • Finally, combine the pages for a collaborative class book.

        Explain a topic

        If you are supporting your students with distance learning this year, you can share tutorials and instructions with them in an interactive ebook. In this example, Heidi Samuelson explains place value concepts to her students.  You can try out this strategy in any subject area.

        Tips for trying this out with your students:

        • First, choose the topic for your instructional book.
        • Then, decide what type of media you want to include to help students understand this new topic.
        • Next, add videos, links, and your voice to the page so students can hear your enthusiasm.
        • Finally, share this book with a link so that your students can learn something new!

          Student showcase

          This is an old book, but an awesome one! We recently shared it on Twitter again and it got a great response from teachers who have yet to try this amazing idea. Combining sign language with student text is so powerful. You can read the full story of how this book was made from Lisa Johnson on our blog.
          Find it here: The Little Kitten Visits the Zoo by Torrey, Adrian and Anna
          See more student examples on our website.

          Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

          Ben Sondgeroth, Ilinois, USA 🇺🇸

          This month we're featuring the excellent Ben Sondgeroth, who began his career as a history teacher before becoming a edtech instructor. He currently works as the Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, at the Learning Technology Center of Illinois.

          We first met Ben when he was working with EdTechTeacher, and was immediately struck by his fantastic presenting style. In his role as a Book Creator Ambassador, we've worked with Ben on numerous projects over the past few years. He's presented on Book Creator, helped out at conference booths, hosted webinars, and even written an ebook!

          You can watch some of his previous webinars on our YouTube channel, for example Let's Get Creative with Book Creator!, which was a very popular one.

          Follow Ben on Twitter @Mr_Sondgeroth.

          August 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 tried in the last month 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 our July winner, Ms Grasso.

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