Teacher Review for Book Creator

Book creator for Chrome makes a great tool accessible to MORE Students!

Sara S.
Technology Integrator
Woodfield Elementary School
Waterford, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I think the power of this tool is how versatile it is. At a base level, teachers can create books to support learning in their classroom. Being able to create books that can be read to students is great for primary teachers to support classroom learning at their student's level. Even more powerful is how easy this tool is to use for students. In a student centered classroom, this tool gives a learner the power to create knowledge and share their thinking using multiple modes of media AND have an audience that is bigger than just their teacher and peers. Providing students with that level of ownership of their learning pushes them to engage and extend their learning more than if they are not given such artistic freedoms. By sharing books with a larger audience, you are empowering students to be not just classroom authors but real world authors.
My Take
I am thrilled at how Book Creator has evolved over time. As an iPad app, while it was powerful, the ease of use was not as great, especially for primary students. Book Creator was smart to embrace the Chromebook movement in elementary schools. The Chrome app is excellent and as a free tool has just enough capabilities to entice people to give it a real try! Once you fall in love with the tool, I am glad that the cost of the tool is reasonable enough for a teacher to be able to invest in this for their classroom. I think Book Creator will become one of the most used apps in K-12 education and it will be one of those tools that will stand the test of time. Not a here today, but gone tomorrow tool! Thank you for that!