Teacher Review for Book Creator

Book Creator Brings First Grade Project Into the 21st Century

Lisa B.
Other
Horace Mann School
Beverly Hills,
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English-Language Learning
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
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My first grade teachers (I'm a technology integration coach) have been doing a book for the past 15+ years in the computer lab. Last year, our school went 1:1 iPads in K-2, and the teachers wanted to transition away from using the computer lab to create this book. Each book section focuses on a variety of topics from Our City to Holidays. Book Creator was the perfect solution to bring the project into the 21st century. App smashing allows the students to gain proficiency in a variety of iPad apps as well such as Explain Everything, Pic Collage, DoInk Green Screen, Kidspiration, and even Clips. The teachers felt it was important that students also learn some typing basics, and typing their stories into Book Creator is ideal. We are working on purchasing the app in order to allow students to create multiple books, use templates, and comic books.
My Take
My take is that this is an awesome teaching tool. It allows students to create rather than just consume. I can't wait to have access to the full app in order to take advantage of templates and multiple books.