How I Use It
At our school, we have a 1:1 iPad program in grades 6-8. Our middle school teachers have used Book Creator in many ways! Our Social Studies and Science teachers have had students create books about topics covered in class, given a rubric outlining the content that was expected to be included in the book. Our Grammar/Writing teacher had students create an exam study guide using Book Creator, where they showed what they knew about diagramming sentences. (A boring topic turned more interesting by creating a book!) Our math teacher had her students create a book in Book Creator, which is used as a math vocabulary journal. The students add new terms throughout the year. At the end of the year, students will email themselves a copy of their book, so that they have a copy of it for reference in the future. Our Religion teacher had students create a book about a section of the Bible, where students put the stories in their own words and provided illustrations and narration. Our Spanish teacher had students write a book in Spanish. Then, students were asked to add illustrations/images to show what they had written in Spanish. Most of their Spanish writing had to be in the form of a conversation, so the book turned out to be like a Spanish comic book!
My students, other teachers at my school, and I LOVE this app! It is so versatile that it can be used in any subject area. I like how easy it is for students to create books on their iPad, which can be turned into PDFs or iBooks. My students love that they can create iBooks themselves! They feel like real authors when they see the book that they created opened up in iBooks. I love the ability to incorporate text, drawings/annotations, images, and audio within a book. I spent about 10 minutes (maybe less...) showing my students how to use Book Creator. Then, I set them free to create their book. I only had to answer a few questions from students because it is so simple to use. I shared the app with other teachers. Even the most technology-timid of teachers began using Book Creator as an option for student projects because they saw the value of having our students create their own books.