Teacher Review for Book Creator

Awesome tool to empower students! My students and I enjoy a lot creating our own digital books. They have to use digital skills and they can do it working in groups.

Sr. R.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Math, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Book Creator to give them the opportunity to work together and create their own books. I had done this before with “paper booklets”, and I wanted to go one step further with the digital enriched book version. Our last project is called "Creating our own TextBook": The project began with an explanation of the objectives, the tasks, the final product desired, the rubric for the self and co-evaluation and a brief video tutorial on how to make their books. Once the pairs were made, they have to prepare a detailed “work plan” in their paper notebooks. They present the plan after the first session to the teacher and, if the plan is correct, he gives them the link to the library. In case the plan is not good, they have to make improvements before getting the Book Creator Library link. When they have the link, they can enter the library and create their book using the “textbook” template in Book Creator (we haven’t got the remixing books feature yet…). In their books, they have to add some compulsory items: index, activities, video, audio, links… When the deadline arrives, the presentations begin. Each pair have to present their textbook to the rest of the class, explaining all the process. After it, all the class evaluate them with the rubric (using Mentimeter). Finally, they fill themselves their rubric.
My Take
The project was, without any doubt, richer thanks to being done with Book Creator. The students enjoyed working together and they had to think well about what they will put in their books before starting. The motivation was extremely high (if I compare it with other precious projects). The evaluation and assessment process was very interesting, especially because they have the rubric and the product in front of their eyes at the same time. The co-evaluation and the self-evaluation were quite fair and similar to my thoughts. They ask me to repeat the process for the next units/projects. For me, having all the elements (rubric, explanation, rules…) before the beginning was a very good help for them. Is extremely important not to let them begin the digital work before they do a previous work plan on paper. The rubric has to be reviewed frequently during the process. Some students laze around and leave all the work to their partners. This can be commented on in the presentation/evaluation session. Next year, I’ll use the new remixing feature to create a template for them to begin the work.