October 2020 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
So you'll be into the swing of the new school term by now, and hopefully Book Creator is helping students to get acclimatised and demonstrate their learning in a fun way. Let's review a couple of the basic things you'll need to know to make the most of Book Creator in your classroom.
Make use of the library settings
The library settings are your friend! Make sure you know how to navigate between libraries using the Teacher Dashboard in the top left, then click on the cog in the toolbar to access the settings. From here you can toggle on/off various settings, rename the library, and publish it online.
Can't find your books?
Teachers sometimes contact us panicking that they cannot find their books. Don't worry, we will never delete your books! There are usually two main reasons why you might have misplaced your books.
- You're in the wrong library. Navigate to another library by going to the Teacher Dashboard or by going straight to app.bookcreator.com/libraries.
- You've signed in with a different account. This might be because you're on a shared computer and you've signed in with a different Google or Microsoft account, or you accidentally created a new account by signing in by email rather than using single sign-on. Click on the avatar in the top-right of your library to see which account is signed in, and to sign out if you need to.
Add Bitmojis to your book!
We know you teachers love Bitmojis... and using the Bitmoji Chrome extension, it's a doddle to bring these into your Book Creator books. You can literally just drag them onto the page and they'll convert into a standard image in Book Creator. Have fun with this!
How do students make books?
There are 3 ways that students make books in Book Creator:
- Create their own book.
- Copy a teacher's book so they can work on their own version.
- Work on a book that multiple students are collaborating on.
You can learn more about this in our support article, but we also invite you to join our Teacher Success Manager, Jon Smith, in a special webinar this month:
New Perspectives - The Student View of Book Creator (Weds, 20th October). We'll be looking at how students interact with Book Creator, what their dashboard looks like, how they collaborate and publish, and more.
Other webinars in October:
October 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)
Find it here: Using Emojis in the classroom
Upper Elementary (3-5)
Find it here: Ignite Creativity in Your Chromebook Classroom
Middle School (6-8)
Find it here: Back to School with Book Creator
High School (9-12)
Find it here: Solefield Year 6 Spy Fiction Stories by Year 6, Solefield School, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK
Book Creator Ambassador spotlight
We're really proud to announce that we added a whole roster of new Ambassadors to our family over the summer, taking us to 1,000 Book Creator Ambassadors from 65 countries worldwide!
Book Creator Ambassadors are vital to the ongoing development of Book Creator, both in terms of feedback to us as a team and for spreading the word amongst education communities, and we're delighted to be able to work so closely with such passionate and dedicated educators.
October Social Challenge
We'd love for you to win a special Book Creator mug!
Share a lesson idea or activity focused on this season 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 September's winner, Grazia Paladino.
- Looking for an authentic writing activity for your students? Check out The Humans of....Project @HollyClarkEdu
- We have been using @BookCreatorApp to explore the zones we are in at different times during the school day! @ClassMissK
- Just showed my colleague how her students can use the @BookCreatorApp speech to text feature to dictate their books in Russian. @lieberrian
- So happy with how our joint Year 1 @BookCreatorApp digital book has turned out about Phasmids. Since we got our stick insects a couple of weeks ago - and we’ve been looking at information reports - this was the perfect opp for authentic learning! #PrimarySTEMchat @FiMorrison2
- Writing means taking risks, so honoring student creativity & voice is critical. Ss used @BookCreatorApp to write about reptiles @PetSmart . By using book margins to ask questions & connect with students, @PalaciosClass & I will make coaching writing a conversation, not a contest. @MrsEatonELL
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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.