#BringCreativity newsletter April 2021

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Please join our special webinar this month - Tuesday 6th April.
The challenge of learning recovery – let’s remember to make it fun

Two students smiling while using a laptop in a libraryHas 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.

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Special webinar: Supporting learning recovery with Book Creator

Monica BurnsWe’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

Register here

Upcoming webinars

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.

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!

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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.

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The Chromebook Infused Classroom microbook

Check out this sample chapter from Holly Clark’s fantastic resource about blended learning and student-centered classrooms.

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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.

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April Lesson spotlight

Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In this month's lesson spotlight, we’ve shared ideas that could be used for some of the many activities happening this month. Check out the Discover section of your Teacher Dashboard for even more ideas!

Early Elementary (K-2)

If you want to celebrate Zoo Animals Day on April 8th, try Activity #9 with your students. They can explore an animal's habitat and create a collaborative class book with everything they learn.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

Follow the steps in this book on how to embed an Adobe Spark Video as your students celebrate National Gardening Day on April 14th. They can make a series of short movies with a gardening tip and embed it into a book.

Middle School (6-8)

For National Volunteer Week starting on April 18th, have your middle school students partner up with an early elementary class and choose an activity from this book. You might ask students to try the “digital stories” activity together.

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.

(ProTip: if you use the Antique or Mono template in Book Creator, there is a pre-built timeline you can use).


Student showcase

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.

Find it here: Animals Research by Mrs. Summey's Class, Shiloh Point Elementary School, Cumming, Georgia

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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

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 Michael Albert from Plymouth, Massachusets - our March winner!

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