#BringCreativity newsletter July 2021

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Latest Book Creator news

Lots to cover this month... Two big updates to Book Creator, some amazing new resources from Common Sense Education, and our Book Creator Ambassador programme reopens for applications!
Remixing and analytics

It’s summer. ISTE is in progress. That can really only mean one thing – Book Creator update! But this time we have not one but TWO major updates to announce to you…

1. Remixable books

Make your books available for others to download and edit with one click!

2. Analytics for books

See how many times your book has been read and remixed. Just imagine how much more engaged and motivated your students are going to be when you tell them that their book has been read by people from around the world!

Learn more about these updates

Digital Citizens from Common Sense Education

The Digital Citizens - from Common Sense Education

Digital Citizenship activity books

We are thrilled to announce a new series of Book Creator books written by our friends at Common Sense Education. These books form part of the excellent Digital Citizenship Curriculum on the Common Sense Education website, and they are available to add to your library for free in Book Creator.

Download the books

Book Creator Ambassador badge

Book Creator Ambassador - Class of 2021

Applications are now open for our next intake of Book Creator Ambassadors. We're looking for educators who love Book Creator, and make it an integral part of their teaching. Successful applicants will join the Book Creator family, with over 1,000 happy Ambassadors across the world to date.

Apply now

To help new applicants get an understanding for the application process and the role, we have a couple of 'Meet the Ambassadors' events lined up in July, where you'll have a chance to meet existing Ambassadors and pick up some tips to make sure your application is successful.

Other upcoming events

We have a handful of webinars taking place in July, some of our own and some from Book Creator Ambassador Avra Robinson (via EdTechTeacher). You can view all our upcoming (and archived) webinars at bookcreator.com/webinars

We'd love for you to attend the 1st Annual Green Screen Summit from 7-10 July. Learn about how Book Creator and green screen are a formidable combination!

Check out Green Screen Gal Manny DiscoTech for more info and if you use the promo code BOOKCREATOR you'll save $10 on the ticket price. Book at GreenscreenSummit.com.

July 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!

Food Chain Explorations

Students at Tulliallan Primary School and Nursery in Kincardine, Scotland, used Book Creator to show off the food chains they created in Minecraft. Students represented food chains with visuals, snapped a screenshot, and shared their visual in a collaborative book.

Tips for trying this out with students:

  • First, explore and research food chains with students.
  • Then, have students create a visual representation (using a tool like Minecraft).
  • Next, have students take a screenshot of their visual representations.
  • Finally, have each student add their image to a page in a share book.


        Language Tutorials

        김현주 in South Korea shared a library full of Korean language tutorials in the Book Creator Teachers Facebook group. This library is a great example of how you can create a collection of books that teach a topic or provide a step-by-step guide to learning something new.

        Tips for trying this out with students:

        • First, ask students to choose a topic like movies, foods or songs.
        • Then, have them brainstorm vocabulary words related to that topic.
        • Next, students can add their words and translations to each page of their book.
        • Finally, have students add audio recordings and images to bring the vocabulary to life.


              Spotlighting Shapes

              Tonianne Chanatski is a first grade teacher in New Jersey who had students create pages showcasing different three-dimensional figures. Students thought about figures in their real life and created pages that showcased pyramids, cones, and more.

              Tips for trying this out with students:

              • First, ask students to choose a two-dimensional shape or 3D figure.
              • Then, have students list items with the same shapes in the classroom.
              • Next, encourage students to write the name of their shape on a page and surround it with pictures.
              • Finally, ask students to share their pages with classmates or create a collaborative book.

                    Retell Well-Known Stories

                    On Twitter, Cheam Common Junior in Worcester Park, Surrey, shared a project their students completed retelling scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Using the comic features in Book Creator they retold the story following a clear sequence of events.

                    Tips for trying this out with students:

                    • First, have students read a well-known story.
                    • Then, ask students to choose the core moments or scenes they can include in a retell.
                    • Next, students can choose the comic option in Book Creator to choose a page with multiple cells.
                    • Finally, show students how to add captions and talk bubbles to each cell in their retell.

                          Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

                          Shelly Bembridge, Nova Scotia, Canada 🇨🇦

                          Shelly Bembridge is from the Class of 2020, but has been using Book Creator since 2012.

                          Shelly reached out to us recently to tell us the amazing story of how she got to share Book Creator with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau!

                          They used Book Creator to showcase what they had been learning and familiarize the Prime Minister's Office with their students, interests, and their community culture.

                          You can read her full story on our Facebook Teachers Group.

                          July 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 Craig Badura from Aurora, Nebraska - our June winner!

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