#BringCreativity newsletter December 2021

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🎉🎁🎄 It's the Festive Season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else, we hope you have a great end of year, and come back refreshed for 2022.

Hopes for the New Year front coverWe know it's been a tough year for teachers and students. We wanted to end the year on a positive note and set up an exercise to get us all looking forward with hope to the new year.

Together, let's set some exciting goals and bring a positive mindset to the world. We hope you'll take part in this collaborative book project with your class.

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December 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)

December 6th-12th is Computer Science Education Week and you can use this remixable book to have students think about online interactions. They can use their voice to add to the pages or type responses to questions, like “What is okay to share online?”

Upper Elementary (3-5)

December 4th is Wildlife Conservation Day and students can create an All About Me Journal taking on the perspective of an endangered species or an animal that lives in a threatened area. They can add to the pages like “Describe Your Perfect Day” taking on the role of that animal.

Middle School (6-8)

The end of the calendar year is the perfect time for students to pause and reflect on everything they have accomplished. They can use the My Digital Portfolio template to chronicle their accomplishments from the first half of the school year.

Read & Remix: My Digital Portfolio

High School (9-12)

Taking time to pause and reflect is a great practice to introduce to high school students at this part of the school year. You might encourage students to write in a diary using prompts connected to International Volunteer Day (December 5th) or National Thank You Note Day (December 26th).

Read & Remix: Diary

Student showcase

In November, Glasgow hosted COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. Headteacher Richard McKean, who runs the Apple Regional Training Centre in Glasgow, came up with the idea to start a collaborative book to mark the occasion.

He created a digital baton book which passed from nursery, to primary, to secondary, highlighting the continued impact climate change is having on our planet. 15 schools/partners involved took part, each contributing 4 pages each.

Find it here: Get schooled... on Climate Change by Mr McKean

Book Creator Ambassador spotlight

Adrianna Astle, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia 🇮🇩

Originally from New Zealand, Adrianna is a High School Teacher Librarian now living and working in Indonesia. She holds Google, Microsoft and Common Sense Innovator/Educator status, and became a Book Creator Ambassador this year.

We are featuring Adrianna this month as she is reaching out to invite classrooms to add to her 'Poems around the world' collaborative book. You'll need to add a famous poem from your country! Contact Adrianna on Twitter if you want to get involved or see the book.

Mary Ellen Wessels poetry page

Connect with Adrianna on Twitter at @AdriannaAstle.

December 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 Joanna Martin from Nassau, Bahamas - our November winner!

2 Comments on “#BringCreativity newsletter December 2021”

  1. I’m interested in some ideas for high school math. Currently, I use Book Creator to have my senior students create a vocabulary book on our insurance unit. I’ve shown what students have been able to do to our ELA department so be on the lookout for them to join up.

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