Writing across the curriculum (and beyond)
It's Be An Author month and we want to celebrate student writing with you! One of the most important things we try to communicate is that authoring a book isn't just something you do in English Language class.
If you head over to our Resources pages - you'll see examples of writing across Math, Science, Creative Arts, PE and more. Writing a book is a perfect way to research a topic, demonstrate your understanding, teach others, and reflect on learning.
You could learn from other school districts, such as Cincinnati Public Schools' collaborative writing project, or how Ottawa Catholic School Board created over 400,000 books in 4 years with their students!
And given March is Women's History Month - how about this library? ⤵️
Students in Ms. Garrett’s 6️⃣th grade Neuroscience class participated in @BookCreatorApp #BeAnAuthor month by recalling a memory in 📖 form and applied it to their learning by explaining what type of learning, memory 🧠 & senses 👂👃👁️🗣️ are involved in a memory. pic.twitter.com/anzwX8mdj4— Kimberly Harris (@K_HarrisEdTech) March 3, 2023
Publishing in the classroom (and beyond)
We've always been firm believers in the power of sharing work beyond the classroom. If your students are writing just for the teacher - they'll do a good job. But if they are writing for a wider audience, they'll go that extra mile to do their best job.
Hopefully, like the teachers above, you've been busy this month enabling your students to write across the curriculum. Now's the time to take that writing and publish it!
OK, it's time to get a little bit technical here.
Some teachers get a little bit concerned about the prospect of "publishing". Really what we're talking about is no more than taking a piece of digital work and sharing it. You probably do that with Google Drive all the time.
With Book Creator, publishing is easy, safe and you are in full control. Let's explore some of the ways you could share student work.
Running a competition
An obviously great way to celebrate student writing and ramp up engagement is to run a competition within your class, school or district.
To make your competitions effective, we recommend including the following elements:
- Set a theme/format
- Give clear directions
- Celebrate and share
You can read our full guidance on these elements in our competitions blog post.
Case study: Prince George's County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is a huge school district located a few minutes from Washington D.C in Maryland, USA. PGCPS has been running an annual ‘Write-A-Book’ competition for their students since 1977. As we launched our second annual Be An Author month, PGCPS is preparing for their 46th(!) annual year of the competition.
During the pandemic - switching to Book Creator mean they could continue running their Write-A-Book competition even though students were learning remotely. This transformed what was a pencil-and-paper exercise into a multimedia, fully accessible experience that has greatly improved the creation and sharing of their competition books.
Teachers love seeing what their students submitted for the Write-A-Book Program:
"It's really cool to see the creativity that the kids have. For me, it's the ones that never speak up in class. But when they start writing or they start illustrating their book, it's like Who knew you had this within you?!"
We hope you'll think about running your own competition in your district to see engagement in writing soar. And look out for an announcement coming soon about a new Book Creator competition for April! 👀
#Writing isn't just about being able to type text.
In Book Creator you can:
- Dictate your text (in any language)
- Record your voice onto the page
- Illustrate (use AutoDraw to help)
- Add images/photos
- Record a video like a YouTuber
- Add a GIF or meme#BeAnAuthor pic.twitter.com/ALpuzyLOae
— Book Creator Team 🔜 #SpringCUE (@BookCreatorApp) March 10, 2023
Dan Kemp is the Marketing Director and has been working here since 2013. One of Dan’s favourite jobs is hearing the stories of how Book Creator is used to bring joy to classrooms all over the world, and he happily retells these stories on these pages!