Teacher Review For Book Creator

Learning Journals with Book Creator

Shefali J.
Technology coordinator
Canadian International School Bangalore
Bangalore, KA
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science, English Language Learning
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
We recently used Book Creator as a learning journal in one of our elementary classes, during their science classes. The students were learning about the States of Matter. How: 1) Set Up & Prior Knowledge Check: The students are to explore the app on their own. They should be able to add pages, text, video, pictures, audio, , edit and explore the various text and page options. The app is simple, and has the getting started guide that comes with it which made this easier. Giving the kids a class to play with it, to start a book on the States of Matter really worked well. One, the kids figured the app and had a lot of 'Did you know...?' moments. Two, we were able to see what the students knew about the unit, 'States of Matter' 2) The first few pages were dedicated to vocabulary and matching pictures. We had a lot of students draw and label the changing states of matter triangle, some chose to use pictures instead. 3) We then had the students make note of the essential questions and learning objectives on separate pages, that they could then add detail to as we worked through the unit. 4) As we progressed through the unit, experiments were filmed and added as videos, photographs were included, simple lab reports were written out and organised into the book. 5) Content related questions were also answered in the book the students created. At the end of the unit, each student had their own learning journal on the theme of States of Matter, including pictures and videos of experiments they had conducted. We also shared these with the students and families when done.
My Take
As a teaching tool, this is fantastic! The above lesson is just an example of this. In the same class, we also had ESL students, and with the option to so easily add pictures and video into their learning journal, it was easy for them too to keep track of all their learning. Though it may not seem like a very big feature, the option to rearrange pages in the books was an extremely useful. By the end of the book, we were able to organise content into clearly identifiable sections: Vocabulary, Essential Questions and Learning Objectives, Experiments, Findings, Diagrams. We had an order of pages & required pages set up, the app allowed for the kids to use it fairly independently. Some got extremely creative in the colours and texts and backgrounds, and where we might have discussed this with a few, it was from the perspective of better presentation, and not from what's right or wrong. Was fun, simple, creative and worked well.