#BringCreativity newsletter February 2021

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Latest Book Creator news

A big update to Book Creator!
You can now use templates in Book Creator

18 beautifully designed templates have been added to Book Creator today! All free and available now.

We’ve been asked numerous times by teachers over the years for editable templates that they or their students can use as a springboard when making books in Book Creator.

Now, when you go into Book Creator and click the ‘New Book‘ button, you’ll see a new option to toggle between blank books and templates. Choose the one you want, and then add new pages from the template page picker!

Learn more

Global Writing Challenge

Our writing competition for kids is gathering pace, with entries already received from around the world! In the Planet Classroom podcast (which you can listen to below), students from Edinburgh, Greece and Texas give their own tips for writing a short story and how technology has changed the way we write.

Head over to bookcreator.com/planetclassroom for full competition details.

Upcoming webinars

Our webinars this month are focused on writing and introducing the new templates (and other recent features), among other things. Hope you can join us! Don't forget you can watch past webinars at bookcreator.com/webinars.

We also hope to see you at the virtual IDEAcon 2021 on 22nd to 24th February, where we'll be exhibiting, running demo sessions, and giving away Book Creator upgrades!

February Lesson spotlight

Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In our December lesson spotlight, we’ve shared activity ideas that could be used for student creations outside of the classroom. Check out the Discover section of your Teacher Dashboard for even more ideas!

Early Elementary (K-2)

If you want to celebrate Safer Internet Day (9th Feb) with your students this year, ask them to create a list of ways to stay safe online, inspired by the activities in this book on digital citizenship.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

For National Inventors Day (11th Feb), ask students to try activity #13 from this book with activities designed for science projects. Students can research an inventor and learn about the ways they’ve changed the world.

Middle School (6-8)

February is Library Lover’s Month and a great time for students to journal about favorite reading experiences. Whether your students are reading novels or magazine articles, they can share their observations and takeaways in a reading journal.

High School (9-12)

Students can create a podcast where they capture random acts of kindness. To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th Feb), students can ask and interview their peers about a time when someone did something kind for them.

Student showcase

Just a great example of how Book Creator can be used for non-fiction books here, from a middle-school student of Nick Riemann in Alberta, Canada. Fantastic work!

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Giovanna Landi, Brescia, Italy 🇮🇹

It's been remarkable to see the uptake of Book Creator in Italy, particularly over the past year. At the forefront of this surge in interest in Book Creator has been class of 2020 Ambassador Giovanna Landi.

Giovanna is a technology trainer, and is responsible for digital training for the whole Lombardy region of Italy.

She has been instrumental in setting up the Bookcreator Docenti italiani Facebook group which now has 1.6k members. In January she led a Book Creator webinar on behalf of CampuStore in Italy.

Giovanna says: "I love Book Creator because it is inclusive and brings out the best in our kids!"

Thanks for all your efforts Giovanna!

February 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 for using Book Creator. Use 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 Mrs Addison from Ottawa, Canada - our January winner!

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