Teacher Review for Book Creator

Great tool for students with sensory impairments!

Tracy W.
Special education instructor
Naperville CUSD 203
Naperville, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 3, 11
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Book Creator to make personalized books based on real experiences for my students with visual and multiple impairments. Because I can upload photos of the students themselves and of activities/events in which they participated, my students are much more interested in reading and experiencing literacy. Books I've created using Book Creator immediately engage my students. The "Read to Me" option has encouraged them to practice their screen navigation skills. Parents appreciate having the books published online so their students can read at home. I also make use of the recording capability to allow students to record their own narration/reading aloud. Some of my students use a pre-recorded switch to record their text; some use an augmentative communication device. The background color and text color options are ideal for providing individualized color combinations for best access based on an individual's visual impairment. Overall, Book Creator has made the provision of accessible, engaging literacy materials a very easy process.
My Take
Self-voicing menus and buttons/icons would be a great addition to the product, making it even more accessible.