#BringCreativity newsletter November 2020

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A busy month of conferences and updates ahead
Join us at a virtual conference in November

ISTEThis month we will be exhibiting (virtually) at the rescheduled ISTE 2020 conference. Stay tuned this month as we'll let you know our top tips for engaging with ISTE and recommended sessions.

As is customary, we'll be announcing a HUGE Book Creator update during #ISTE20...

We'll also be exhibiting at GaETC, NYSCATE and IETC in November, so if you're attending any of those please stop by our booth and say hi - we're planning giveaways for each of these events so you might want to take advantage! (The amazing thing is you can attend from anywhere!).

New ebook: Creating Journals with Book Creator

Dr. Monica Burns has written another incredibly insightful book for using Book Creator in your classroom. This time the focus is on creating digital portfolios and all kinds of journals.

Read more

November webinars

Jon Smith Bitmoji holding booksHere's what's happening this month. Click on the link to register.

Chromebook Creativity Apps That Are Both Easy To Use And To Managein partnership with Lenovo. Tuesday, 3rd November.

Getting Started With Book Creator - Wednesday, 4th November.

Project Ideas for the Science Classroom with Book Creator - Thursday, 5th November.

The Book Creator You Never Knew - Tuesday, 10th November.

Book Creator - Your Questions Answered. Live Q&A - Wednesday, 18th November.

Book Creator Author Spotlight - Monday, 30th November.

View all our upcoming webinars and watch recordings at bookcreator.com/webinars.

November 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.

Share a story

How can students share their own creative writing? Carla Rodriguez-Acena is a dual language teacher who shared a study activity on Twitter. Third grade students wrote their own stories to share their understanding of elements of fiction. Kids can combine lots of media to create their own books!

Tips for trying this out with students:

  • First, read examples of fiction text to students and point out special elements.
  • Then, have students brainstorm their own stories.
  • Next, ask students to record their voice, draw pictures, and add text to tell their story.
  • Finally, provide time for students to share their story books with classmates.


        Re-Create with Comics

        Ottawa educator Joey Ozamiz celebrated student creations on social media this fall. Joey’s ninth grade religion students took scripture passages and turned them into comic books! You can have students take any type of text and retell it in a comic book format.

        Tips for trying this out with students:

        • First, pick out a few pieces of text for students to choose from.
        • Then, have students work with a partner to break down the big scenes.
        • Next, ask students to choose the comic option in Book Creator and place scenes in each frame.
        • Finally, encourage students to give each other feedback on setting, dialogue and use of action words.

        Co-Authored Creations

        Working together can happen in lots of ways, thanks to the collaboration features in Book Creator! Virginia Beach Instructional Technology Specialist, Jane Harvey shared her elementary students' collaborative creations. Jane was also able to co-author a book with a colleague!

        Tips for trying this out with students:

        • First, set expectations for the partnership.
        • Then, invite students into a library and turn on the collaborate feature.
        • Next, encourage students to leave feedback and ideas on each page with the audio narration feature.
        • Finally, celebrate co-authored creations in the classroom, or with a video conference if partners are far away.

              Student Book Reviews

              Third grade teacher Alexis Brown had her students give feedback on each other’s books. The students were able to read their classmates’ books and create book reviews for them. Writing a book review can happen when students read any author’s books and you can have kids share their reading favorites in a Book Creator creation.

              Tips for trying this out with students:

              • First, examine examples of book reviews with students to identify key features.
              • Then, have students choose a book to review (classmate book or another author).
              • Next, ask students to create a review that includes audio, video or text.
              • Finally, have students share their book reviews with the author of the book (in person or perhaps through social media).


                    Student showcase

                    Lucia Alfano is an ELL teacher at IC Giovanni XXIII in Reggio Calabria, Italy. She's a class of 2020 Book Creator Ambassador. She submitted this book by her students - a wonderful use of Book Creator during remote learning. The British idioms at the end of the book are just our cup of tea!

                    Find it here: Thumbs up by 2 F- 2019-2020

                    Check out more books made by middle-schoolers here.

                    Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

                    Rikke Falkenberg Kofoed, Denmark 🇩🇰

                    Rikke Falkenberg is an IT consultant in Ringsted, Denmark. Where to start with Rikke? It's fair to say she's a Book Creator legend.

                    In 3 years, she has logged into Book Creator nearly 2,000 times - making her the no. 1 Book Creator user in the world!

                    Rikke's work in Denmark has been instrumental in the success of our partnership with Skoletube, which makes Book Creator available to every student in Denmark.

                    Rikke has been a fantastic ambassador for Book Creator, setting up the first non-English Facebook group for teachers using Book Creator (did you know we now have Facebook groups in Spanish, Italian and French?)

                    Be sure to watch the Author Spotlight where Jon Smith interviews Rikke and learn from the incredibly innovative and inspiring projects she has launched in the last few years.

                    November 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 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!

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