Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2018
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Book Creator

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Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • English Language Arts

Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
3–12
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Teachers say (253 Reviews)

Pros: Super-simple design makes it easy to build pages, letting students focus on creativity.

Cons: No way to share a link to a student's library, so parents will need to have kids log in.

Bottom Line: This is a top-quality creation tool that lets students of many ages and abilities publish their own digital books.

To get students started, have them focus on creating individual pages. Students should read the tutorial and try to create a sample page within the tutorial. Once they're familiar with the basic functions, it's time for students and teachers to start creating a full project: fiction or nonfiction books, how-to manuals with video and audio instructions, photo books, comic strips, and more. Students could also use Book Creator as a portfolio tool, assembling examples of work throughout a unit or semester. Even though they'll be creating digitally, the old rules still apply: Have students sketch out a simple outline and maybe even mock up on paper the basic layout they want to go with. Take note that Book Creator is perfect for app smashing, too, because pretty much anything with a link can be added to a book. Check out our Top Picks lists for tools students can use to, for instance, create illustrations they can then insert into their books.

Teachers might want to check out the developer-created "50 Ways to Use Book Creator in Your Classroom," or any number of other ideas for implementation on Book Creator's blog.

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Book Creator is an amazingly easy-to-use digital book-making tool with limitless options. It's available for both iPad and the web (including Chrome). With guidance, even students in early elementary school grades can use this app to produce and publish their own simple books or comics with images, videos, and audio. But given the options for adding images and multimedia, even more sophisticated students won't feel limited.

Students join the class library using a code, and then any books they create can be accessed by the teacher and added to the class library to share with classmates.

Before students create that first book, it's helpful for them to read the basic tutorial. They then tap the plus sign or New Book icon on the main screen, choose a book shape, and then tap the plus icon to add photos, videos, and typed words to the cover page, first page, and so on. Simply swipe to move content around the page and resize or rotate it as desired. Under the "i" tab, students will find many options for adjusting or deleting items. Every time they want to add something, they just tap the plus sign again. Once they're done, books can be shared in tons of ways: by email, AirDrop, Google Drive, Dropbox, printing, publishing to iBooks, and more.

Storytelling and book creation are common creative tasks in classrooms, and there's no better option than Book Creator. Its ease of use and flexibility with media and publishing make it perfect for empowering students to create and share their work. Plus, book creation gets students using critical-thinking and organization skills as they brainstorm, plan, and make creative decisions about their books. Once they start to compose pages, students can learn how multimedia elements help them tell their story or communicate information more effectively. Students can practice their writing skills and feel pride in translating their thinking into book form. Of course, teachers can create books for students too. This offers teachers another way to communicate key class information (like norms and procedures), or to collect and share student learning and accomplishments.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The straightforward design focuses students on storytelling. They can easily create ebooks and comic strips using their own photos, drawings, audio (including their own voices), video, and text. Even first-timers can create a book.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Versatile enough to be used in any content area, and students can extend their creativity by app smashing and incorporating other creations into their books.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

There are impressive support and extensive idea resources, including a Facebook group for idea sharing and a book: "50 Ways to Use Book Creator in your Classroom."


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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Natalie D. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Our Lady of Lourdes Dardanup
DARDANUP, Australia
Fantastic and engaging resource
I LOVE it! Each student uses it one day a week, as well as over the week in their reading group. I use it with my advanced students and with those that require a little more assistance. The Speech to Text tool is great for those students that struggle to write down all their amazing ideas.
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