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

Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia

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Learning rating
Editorial review by Common Sense Education
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Based on 353 reviews
Privacy rating
82%| Pass Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

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 Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

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 Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

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 Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

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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Christine S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
The Awty International School
Houston, United States
Promotes autonomy while having fun and being creative!
Book Creator is the perfect platform or application for the classroom. Students have enjoyed creating books and learning new ways to present their information in fun and creative ways. They enjoy learning the different tools and ways they can "create" to demonstrate their knowledge. The students are always excited to work on their books and never tire or get bored. I appreciate the ease of the platform, allowing students to be independent. As a teacher, I am able to problem solve, using the great r ...
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Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
Personal information is displayed publicly.
Unclear whether user-created content is filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Users can create or upload content.
Processes to access and review user data are available.
Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
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Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
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Behavioral or targeted advertising is not displayed.

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