#BringCreativity newsletter June 2021

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Latest Book Creator news

A busy month ahead... plus lots of great new resources.
Exciting new image updates in Book Creator

Finding good quality, safe and legal images on the Internet for use in the classroom is super important and we’ve made several improvements recently to Book Creator to make this easier for you and your students.

In summary, we've added Voice search, the ability to block unsafe images, and image attribution.

Learn more

SEL template books you can use today

Social Emotional Learning is one of the main priorities in education right now. We’ve made these activity book templates to help you focus on student wellbeing.

SEL templates

Add templates to your library

10 ideas to support Play-Based Learning over the Summer

Former math teacher Lainey Franks has written this insightful piece about how you can engage your students in learning over the summer – without them even realizing they are learning!

Learn ideas to engage your students

Upcoming webinars / conferences

We've got 3 scheduled webinars this month - slightly reduced as we will also be exhibiting at ISTELive 21 and the TCEA Elementary Technology Conference - hopefully we will see you there (come and win prizes!).

Don't forget you can watch past webinars at bookcreator.com/webinars.

Also check out our Book Creator Ambassador spotlight below for several more special learning opportunities.


Blog posts published this month:

Creating a collaborative teaching environment is easier than you think
by Teresa Lops

3 reasons why Book Creator is my go-to tool in Higher Education
by April Bice

Easy always wins – Lessons learned during a pandemic
by Jon Smith

June Lesson spotlight

Have you seen our FREE ebooks full of lesson ideas for teachers? In this month's 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 National Say Something Nice Day with your students, have them try out the “Relationships and Communication” activity and practice being kind by sharing a positive message with a classmate.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

For National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, students can use Google Drawings to sketch out the steps for a favorite recipe. They can download their image and add it to a page in a collaborative book.

Middle School (6-8)

June 8th is World Oceans Day and this year your students can conduct research on issues related to the ocean, including pollution, conservation, or any high-interest topic. They can make infographics using emojis.

High School (9-12)

June 20th is the First Day of Summer and a great time to collect stories using the tips in this podcasting book. Ask your students to capture “favorite summer stories” from community members to learn more about different periods of recent history.

Student showcase

Suk Wu is a 4th grade ESL teacher in Toronto, Canada. To recognise Asian Heritage Month in May, she had her students share their heritage through food (which is an integral part of Asian culture and identity). The learned procedural writing techniques to create recipes that quite frankly look delicious! The recipe book was created using the Book Creator cookbook template.
Find it here: Asian Heritage Recipes by Ms. Wu Grade 4 ESL Class

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Avra Robinson, Illinois, USA 🇺🇸

We've known Avra for a long time, working together with her and her colleagues at EdTechTeacher in Boston.

Avra Robinson has been teaching for 25 years and has dreamed of becoming a published author since winning the Illinois State Young Author’s Contest in 4th grade!

Avra has been teaching people how to use Book Creator for years now, including her 10-year-old son, who has barriers to expressing himself in writing. He loves the way he can dictate text to communicate his ideas.

This summer, Avra is leading a number of training sessions that feature Book Creator in various ways (including using Book Creator as a journal for participants to reflect on their learning).

Find out more by clicking the links and by following Avra on Twitter @avrarachel.

June 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 김현주  from Busan, South Korea - our May winner!

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