#BringCreativity newsletter September 2020

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Latest Book Creator news

There have been some big updates to Book Creator in the last month, ready for back to school.
Discover - the new way to find books to inspire you

New Discover tab in Teacher Dashboard

If you head over to the Teacher Dashboard you'll see a new tab has been added: Discover. Here you'll find the latest and greatest books created in Book Creator. We have spotlight books, examples by grade and subject and much more for you to peruse and be inspired by. Plus we have BIG ideas for expanding this section in future...

Learn more

With this update we also released a new function to the text editor so you can now turn text into columns.

Back to School with Book Creator

Back to School with Book CreatorIn the Discover tab you'll also find this new book - Back to School with Book Creator.

Knowing that teachers and students face a particularly challenging start to the new year, we wanted to help in any way we could. This book focuses on ideas and resources for starting the new year right.

We've also included downloadable templates that you can remix and give to your students. Many of these templates focus on Social-Emotional Learning concepts that are going to be key this academic year.

Read more

The Humans Project

The Humans ProjectThe Back to School book includes information about a special collaborative project that is happening soon. Our friends at The Infused Classroom have set up a writing project that draws on the Humans of New York concept.

The aim is to create a library of amazing books from classrooms around the world. Go to humansprojects.com to find out more and sign up.

Upcoming webinars

We've stripped our schedule back somewhat since most teachers are back in school now, but don't worry, we're still on hand to help you with Book Creator, no matter what stage you're at!

Register at bookcreator.com/webinars

  • Getting Started with Book Creator - 24th, 28th Sept
  • Back to School with Book Creator - 17th Sept
  • Continuous Learning with Book Creator - 3rd, 15th Sept
  • Book Creator Author spotlight - 30th Sept

We also have a special webinar from Monica Burns on Weds, 9th Sept focusing on SEL Projects featuring Book Creator - you won't want to miss that!

September 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.

Spotlight a Place

What places and spaces are your students learning about this year? Help your students explore by using Book Creator to capture their learning. In the Book Creator Teachers Facebook group, Shahy Abd El Razak shared a project featuring Alexandria that you can use for inspiration.

Tips for trying this out with students:

  • First, ask students to choose a place to research.
  • Then, have students organize what they learned by subtopics.
  • Next, encourage students to search for images or videos to add.
  • Finally, provide time for students to share their books with classmates.

        Staff or Class Directory

        On Twitter this summer, San Miguel Elementary School shared a staff directory the teachers in her school made. Whether you make one with your colleagues or with your students, a staff directory or class directory is a great way for everyone to share a little bit about themselves, including fun facts and favorites.

        Tips for trying this out with students:

        • First, create a template page and turn on collaboration.
        • Then, have students create a page with information all about them.
        • Next, ask students to add pictures and record their voice to introduce themselves.
        • Finally, share the final book with the class do they can get to know each other.

          Interactive Textbook

          How do you capture all of the things your students have learned? Miss Moir shared snapshots from her Book Creator app on Twitter where she captures what students have learned about the rainforest. You can create an interactive textbook like this one to chronicle what your students learn about a topic.

          Tips for trying this out with students:

          • First, create a cover for your book.
          • Then, make a table of contents with the subtopics for your unit.
          • Next, add pictures, links and videos to organize your content.
          • Finally, update each day and share with students for review.

          Meet the Teacher

          First grade teacher Kait Dight shared her meet the teacher book on Twitter this summer. A “meet the teacher” book is a great way to introduce yourself to your students, and might also serve as an example for their own creations, too!

          Tips for trying this out with students:

          • First, decide what you’d like to share with your new class.
          • Then, gather any photographs or links you would like to include.
          • Next, create a cover adding a picture or Bitmoji.
          • Finally, share your book with students to introduce yourself to your class.

          Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

          Kristina Holzweiss, New York  🇺🇸
          OK, I confess, we're cheating a little bit here. The truth is, Kristina isn't officially an Ambassador yet. But, she's one of 219 applicants to the class of 2020 (and don't tell her, but it's 100% certain her application will be approved 😉)

          Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school educational technology enrichment specialist on Long Island, New York. 

          She came to our attention after she headed up two amazing Book Creator collaborations over the summer. This is exactly the kind of thing we hoped Book Creator would be used for!

          We interviewed Kristina recently for our Book Creator Author spotlight and then featured the story behind these collaborative books on our blog.

          Read her story here

          September 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 with a "back to school" focus on social media 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 September 2020”

          1. I love the book creator. It was a life saver for last year doing NTI. My students made books about covid 19. We also made a class book with with audio.
            I was wondering if this year I start he year with 40 free new books, or if I have already used them.
            Thank you,
            Kamala Combs

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