April 2021 Newsletter
Latest Book Creator news
The challenge of learning recovery – let’s remember to make it fun
Has your school been thinking about how to address the “slide” of learning that has occurred since the pandemic forced us into remote learning? It's a big issue.
As school leaders set out to meet this challenge, we want to be the voice that reminds us that this can be done in a fun and engaging way—and we have some thoughts on how to achieve this.
Special webinar: Supporting learning recovery with Book Creator
We’ve asked EdTech consultant Monica Burns (@ClassTechTips) to host a free webinar addressing how Book Creator can support learning recovery, focusing on fun and engaging lesson ideas that address concepts such as numeracy, literacy, creativity and communication.
Tuesday, April 6th at 3:30pm ET
Here are all the webinars we have lined up for you this month. Don't forget you can view any of these in our archive at bookcreator.com/webinars.
- Supporting Learning Recovery with Book Creator - Tuesday, 6th April
- Boost Student Engagement with Book Creator - Thursday, 8th April
- Getting Started With Book Creator - Thursday, 15th April
- Accessibility Features Smackdown! Thursday, 22nd April
- Using Book Creator for STEAM - Tuesday, 27th April
Is this the perfect Book Creator project?
Mira Campbell has taken on legendary status at Book Creator HQ. Read about her latest project, which just might be the most complete Book Creator project ever!
Case study: Newburgh Enlarged City School District
Newburgh Enlarged City School District is a sprawling district of urban and rural areas 60 miles north of New York City and about 90 miles south of Albany, in the United States.
We spoke to Jennifer Cronk, Director of Information Technology at Newburgh, and her colleagues about the how they rolled out Book Creator during lockdown and what impact it had on their teaching and learning.
The Chromebook Infused Classroom microbook
Check out this sample chapter from Holly Clark’s fantastic resource about blended learning and student-centered classrooms.
Using Book Creator for symbol supported books
Differentiated learning is a big mission of ours, so we are always delighted to share the variety of ways that Book Creator is used to support all learners.
April Lesson spotlight
Early Elementary (K-2)
Find it here: 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
Upper Elementary (3-5)
Find it here: The Ultimate Guide to Embedding Content in Book Creator
Middle School (6-8)
Find it here: Using Book Creator for Differentiated Learning
High School (9-12)
April 19th is the start of National Environmental Education Week and a great time for a biography project. Students can try out the “create a timeline” activity from this book to share a special moment or special event from the life of an environmentalist.
Find it here: 15 Social Studies Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
Amanda Summey created a simple book on animals with her kindergarten class.
She says: "I cannot believe how quickly all of my kiddos took off with this, especially since this is the first time we have ever typed sentences into a computer."
We love how they used the new Mono theme to give their books a polished finish! Amanda intends to have the kids record their voice next time.
Book Creator Ambassador spotlight
It is with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Silvia Tolisano last month.
Silvia was a well respected and admired educator. She was speaking about topics such as amplifying student voice long before most educators acknowledged it was a key issue.
Very few people realise just how instrumental Silvia was to the early success of Book Creator. Dan Amos recalls how she reached out to him in the summer of 2011 and asked for a promo code. She blogged about Book Creator on the day it launched on the App Store in September that year.
This blog post became the springboard for Book Creator as it is today. Not only did it introduce a new app to a wide community of educators, the suggestions she added to the end of the post became our road map for the next 18 months!
Thank you, Silvia.
April Social Challenge
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 Michael Albert from Plymouth, Massachusets - our March winner!
Recent tweets on Twitter
- These historians are hard at work writing nonfiction books about the Revolutionary War. This is the first time using the
and it has really helped them feel like real authors. It shows in the quality of writing they're producing!
- My student already wrote 2 books this evening using
- Working on our volcano stories collaboratively for the first time - another game changer!
- LOVE the Auto Draw feature in
! 🖍🌈 🎨 🖌
Watch how this student adds images that associate with the vocabulary term! 🤯
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.