Our top tips for ISTE 2020

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ISTE 2020 is a virtual conference this year, but that won’t stop us exhibiting for the first time ever! Here’s how you can join us.

We were so excited to be exhibiting at ISTE for the first time this year, and would have loved to have been with you all in person in Anaheim in June. Obviously circumstances changed and the original event was cancelled, but we’re still thrilled to be exhibiting at the virtual version of ISTE next week, 29 November – 5 December.

Not registered for ISTE yet? Register here, or get your FREE Expo Hall pass.

Visit the Book Creator booth 👀

The virtual exhibit hall will open at the following times:

  • Monday 11am-3pm (PST)
  • Tuesday 11am-3pm (PST)
  • Wednesday 2pm-6pm (PST)
  • Thursday 11am-3pm (PST)
  • Friday 11am-2pm (PST)

Why would you want to stop by the Book Creator booth, you may ask? Well that’s a good question!

First of all, did you know that the Expo Hall for ISTE is free this year? You won’t need a conference pass to visit to our booth.

So come on by and you’ll have a chance to meet some of the Book Creator team – Jon Smith, Catherine Cappiello, Dan Kemp, Chavonne Duckworth, Will Pursey and David Swift will be on hand at various times to have a chat with you. You’ll also have a chance to meet some of our favourite Book Creator Ambassadors, with Holly Clark, Michael Hernandez, Nina Jackson, Joe & Kristin Merrill and Rushton Hurley already confirmed.

We’ve scheduled a whole timetable of short 30-minute demos that you can drop into as you choose, covering topics such as:

  • Introduction to Book Creator
  • Remote learning
  • Accessibility features
  • Supporting SEL
  • Supporting ELL
  • Meet the Ambassador!

And if all that wasn’t enough…

Get a 3-month premium upgrade 🎉

Yes! You can get a free 3-month upgrade to the 1,000 book Teacher plan just by visiting our booth. It’s simple! Why wouldn’t you?! This will give you 1,000 book capacity, unlimited libraries, real-time collaboration and the ability to add co-teachers to your libraries.

Our top picks… sessions to attend

Beyond the Book Creator booth, there are lots of great sessions listed this year that you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of your own home. Here are the sessions we’re recommending – and also note, some of the presenters will be giving out 12-month upgrades to Book Creator too!

Student-Centered Learning in a Chromebook Infused Classroom
Holly Clark
Tuesday, December 1, 2:00–2:45 pm

Holly ClarkIf you’re looking for someone who is authentic and presents with energy and wisdom, look no further than Holly. She really knows her stuff and communicates it in a very straightforward and easy to follow way. This session focuses on putting students at the centre of the learning.

From Text to Tech: Celebrating Reading in the 21st Century
Kristina Holzweiss
Sunday, November 29, 9:30–10:30 am

Kristia HolzweissKristina is a new Book Creator Ambassador but she’s already making an epic contribution to the community. In this session, the New York-based EdTech Librarian will be looking at how we share our love of reading with students.

Using Digital Storytelling as PBL to Transform Student Learning
Michael Hernandez
Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–6:00 pm

Michael HernandezBook Creator Ambassador Michael Hernandez is the author of Book Creator for the High School Classrooom, and Podcasting for the Classroom. He is a real proponent of the importance of the art of storytelling, and this session looks at that in the context of project-based learning.

Newest Features in Today’s Most Popular Hybrid / Remote Online Solutions
Leslie Fisher
Sunday, November 29, 9:00–9:45 am

Leslie FisherLook, it’s simple. Leslie is a legend of Edtech. If you’ve never been to one of her sessions you’re missing out. Don’t miss out! This session at ISTE is always packed with cool surprises…


All Together Now: App Smashing to Support Literacy Integration Across the Curriculum
Dr. Rosalyn Washington
Sunday, November 29, 8:00–9:30 am

Rosalyn WashingtonRosalyn is a Digital Learning Specialist for Literacy at Atlanta Public Schools, and a Book Creator Ambassador. This session focuses on encouraging students to be creators utilizing multiple apps to review, reinforce and think critically.

Tuesday Mainstage: Empathize
Nina Jackson
Tuesday, December 1, 10:00–10:30 am

Nina JacksonYou’ll get a big dose of inspiration and humor in this talk by Nina Jackson, an education consultant, author and speaker, who believes creativity, curiosity and compassion are the winning tools for any classroom. Find out how she brings these ideals to special education, technology use and mental and emotional health.

Assess for Success! Assessment Tools for K-12 Creative Projects
Cindy Herren & Anthony Stirpe
Sunday, November 29, 11:30 am–12:15 pm

Cindy HerrenCindy is a Book Creator Ambassador and K-12 Technology & Innovation Leader from Waukee, Iowa. She has presented on Book Creator multiple times at ISTE in the past. This session highlights something dear to us – that creativity is the premier skill innovative companies are looking for, and rethinking our assessments may help prepare students for their future.

5 Ways to Enhance Literacy with Digital Tools
Jessie Erickson
Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:30 pm

Jessie EricksonJessie Erickson is the District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools, North Dakota. This session explores new and unexpected ways to enhance literacy with digital tools in the classroom, something we know a fair bit about!

Empowering ALL Learners: Inclusive and Accessible Practices Across Environments
Multiple presenters
Sunday, November 29, 11:30 am–1:00 pm

If accessibility is you’re thing (as it is for us), then this is the perfect session for you, with a fantastic line up of speakers including Book Creator Ambassadors Sean Arnold, Mike Marotta and Melissa Stark (not to mention Dr. Luis Perez and Hillary Goldthwait- Fowles, with whom we have also worked in the past).

Updates, updates, updates!

It wouldn’t be ISTE if we didn’t announce a major update to Book Creator. Remember in 2017 when we announced Book Creator was coming to Chrome? Or 2018 when we launched our amazing embedding feature? How about 2019 when AutoDraw came to Book Creator?

What will our big announcement for 2020 be…?! Any guesses?

2 Comments on “Our top tips for ISTE 2020”

  1. Hello,
    So sorry I’m not allowed to follow this exciting event during office working hours.
    Will this event be recorded so that I could access the videos and learn a lot how to use my favorite app Book Creator ?
    Thanks a lot !

    1. The main sessions will be recorded but you’ll need to have paid for an ISTE registration to access them. Our demo sessions will not be recorded but you can access similar recordings in our webinar archive.

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