How I Use It
As a K-8 Technology Integration Specialist, I've used Book Creator in a number of different ways. One of the ways I’ve used Book Creator with students, teachers and families, is as a resource guide. Last spring our school needed a way to communicate with students. I could have made a website but at the time I really needed to be inspired and enjoy what I was doing so I used Book Creator! It brought the school community together and students and families could access resources from one location. I’ve also used Book Creator to build a school community. We’ve created “Good Wish” books for teachers who had to go on medical leave as well as an all school book where each student creates a page with their name, it’s origin and some of their favorite things. I remember before leaving school in March, looking at the pages with a sixth grade class and learning so much about the students who make our school so special. I’ve also used Book Creator with students to create nonfiction and fiction books as well as journals, all-grade poetry books,, how-to-guides, and comics. What works for every project is that students feel successful because the tools are accessible. If you spend a little time creating a template or copy one of the many provided by Book Creator and teach students how to use the tools in the application, they can produce amazing evidence of learning. The support for the product is THE BEST. There are numerous FREE webinars from Book Creator and there’s always opportunities to learn from other teachers. I am consistently impressed when I see how other people (teachers and students) use this product.
Book Creator is a tool that is exceptionally engaging, accessible, and allows students to demonstrate higher order thinking skills.. I co-taught a few sessions of a Book Creator workshop over the summer to fourth and fifth grade students. The level of engagement and thinking was so high that I was in awe at what students produced at the end of a 10-hour workshop. The books that were created were simply amazing and each one represented a unique learning experience for that particular student.
I love the flexibility of the tool and the fact that it can be used across the curriculum. You don’t need to come up with workarounds for Book Creator as the company asks for and responds to feedback. Some of my favorite improvements are the teacher/student and student/student collaboration, the ability to have co teachers, and copying pages from one book to many with ease. I also love that I can have an idea and communicate it through the variety of tools available within the application. I think that’s why students love it too. It’s ALL THERE in Book Creator. By giving students the freedom to create and the simplicity of the tools to create with make teaching and learning fun!
I do wish there was a way to crop photos within the app and move objects as a group, but I am sure that will be a future improvement.