How I Use It
I teach Modern Languages (French and German) and European Studies. I have used Book Creator with great success this school year with my students.
With my Form 1 French class (age 12), we created ePortfolios through the target language using Book Creator. The students were able to create a book chapter for each new topic - myself, my family, my area etc - and upload photographs or other media items. The record function allowed them to record themselves reading their work and so get practice in both speaking and listening to the target language. From a teacher perspective, I was able to listen to their pronunciation and record myself reading their work, modeling good pronunciation. This means that students are able to continually improve their oral work by re-recording items. This creates a lovely record of their learning.
With my Transition Year German class (age 16), I used Book Creator as part of an eTwinning project. eTwinning is all about collaboration with partner schools across Europe and we worked with a school in The Hague to produce travel guides in the target language for a weekend break. Students worked in transnational groups to choose a destination for their city break. They were given a budget of €1,000 to cover flights, food, accommodation and activities and they then worked collaboratively to plan their break and document it in Book Creator. The collaboration function was amazing for this as we could work asynchronously and through lock down.
In European Studies, I had students from diverse cultural backgrounds and to celebrate our school's Multicultural Week, we used Book Creator to make a global recipe book which allowed us to include all the cultures in our school and share this with the whole school community.
Finally, at the end of the school year 2020 - 2021, I used Book Creator to create a yearbook for Transition Year. We have a lot of international students who come to our school from across the world for one year only and they make great friends and memories while they are with us. This year was especially hard for them, as they missed one whole term where we were fully online. Thanks to Book Creator, we were able to send them home with a lovely memento of their time in Ireland
Book Creator is an extremely flexible teaching tool. It can be adapted to suit most subjects at all levels. I am a big fan of using the app to create ePortfolios to document student learning. This way of using it really encourages independent learning and the function which allows students to see the work of others in the same library promotes positive peer assessment.
The collaboration function is also fantastic. I am an eTwinning Ambassador and I undertake at least one new eTwinning or Erasmus+ project each school year. Returning to school in September, things were very different; Covid safety regulations meant that we couldn't allow students to work together in groups in the ways they once had by sitting around the same table and so synchronous and asynchronous collaboration became much more important. Using Book Creator enabled collaboration between students in the class but also allowed us to continue work on our eTwinning projects where we were collaborating with students in other European countries.
Overall, an excellent tool to promote independent thinking and learning.