Book Creator: Creation Tool for All

WHO: Teachers looking for tools to let students demonstrate their knowledge.

HOW: It is a rare occasion that I come across a tool that I believe is fully capable of being used at all grade levels and across all content areas.  While I have known of Book Creator for quite a while, it wasn’t until recently (August 2017) that it became available for all through use in the Google Chrome web browser. The best part to me is how easy and intuitive it is to create with.  While it may not have sophisticated tools like an Adobe program, it has everything students need to get creative and demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of means.

Head over to app.bookcreator.com, sign up with your google account on the “teacher sign-in” tab. Complete a short questionnaire about your grades and subject areas, then get rolling! Below you will find an awesome presentation by Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) that will have you up and going in under five minutes.

WHEN: The potential of this tool revolves around projects and journals.  The ability to record voice and video allows students multiple approaches to demonstrate their knowledge and skill sets. This could be used in Health/P.E. class to journal, music class to write musical notations while recording sound/video, as well as all the other content areas.

 

JON SMITH PRESENTS BOOK CREATOR AT #OETC18:

Teach Like a Pirate: A Book for All Teachers

WHO: New teachers, teachers in the later stages of their career, and those feeling the grind.

HOW: Discussing books is not something I normally do on this blog, but this book is something special.  I have never been one for reading, but after picking up a copy of “Teach Like a Pirate” by Dave Burgess, I found a spark to innovate again and developed a passion for reading books by teachers.  I would recommend this book to new teachers to learn ways to develop amazing lessons.  Teachers that may be feeling the grind over their career will walk away from the book refreshed and remember why they got into the passion to start.  The main focus of the book is developing “hooks” to grab students attention and engage them in the lesson.  The biggest take away for me is the adage: “Do students run TO your classroom, or AWAY from it”?

WHEN: This book makes a great gift for any teacher.  It is small enough to read in a weekend but it could also make for a great book-study program for an entire school.

Order a copy online!