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Starting the School Year with Book Creator Activity Ideas

August 9, 2021

As you head back to school this year, the team at Book Creator has you covered with lots of resources. From teacher-created activities and templates to webinars and housekeeping tips, their new resource page is fantastic. If you’re looking for ready-to-use lesson ideas and inspiration, these creative resources will help you get started.

Regular readers of the blog know that I’m a big fan of all things Book Creator. You might have attended a webinar with me or checked out a blog post in the past. In today’s blog post, I’ll share a rundown of all of Book Creator’s back-to-school resources for teachers!

Starting the School Year with Book Creator

If you’re totally new to Book Creator, it is one of my favorite open-ended creation tools. I use the term “open-ended” to describe tools you can use in many different ways like a blank canvas. Book Creator is perfect for all sorts of projects. It gives students the power to combine voice, video, text, images, widgets, and more to their page. Students can share their books with classmates and families or publish them for the whole world to see.

As you get ready to start the school year, there are many reasons to bring creative opportunities to your students. This getting started guide is perfect for teachers new to Book Creator. And if you’d like to see some Book Creator demos before beginning the school year, Book Creator’s YouTube channel has lots of videos to explore. And the team at Book Creator has plenty of back-to-school activities for you to check out!

Back-to-School Activity Ideas

My Back to School Book is a new set of templates from Book Creator full of back-to-school activity ideas. This resource is for elementary-school-aged students. It includes eight activities you can use as-is or customize for your group of students. For example, you can try out “All About Me” or “Hopes and Dreams” with your class to help build community as you kick off the school year. At the same time, students share about themselves and learn about each other; they can get experience using Book Creator, too.

Try out these back-to-school activity ideas using Book Creator to give students a chance to share their goals in any subject area.

Teachers working with middle and high school students could try out these activities but might want to look at another resource explicitly designed with this age level in mind. Book Creator has a new resource created with Kathleen McClaskey and the team at Empower the Learner. You can use the remix feature to share this template with your students to develop their own learner profiles.

When might you use these resources? They are perfect for kicking off the school year with a creative project accomplishing a few different goals. These back-to-school activities help students learn how to set goals, connect with their classmates, and navigate a tool they might use for other projects throughout the school year.

Back-to-School Resources for Teachers

In addition to these two fantastic books with activity ideas, the team at Book Creator has pulled together tips for teachers heading back to school. These tips include housekeeping for existing users like how to archive libraries, set up libraries for new students, and how to expire the invite code to libraries you’ve used in the past.

As you head back to school this year, you’ll also want to follow their housekeeping steps for removing students from libraries you’d like to keep active. On this page, you’ll also find steps for setting up students who don’t have email addresses. Finally, it has all the information on how to get students logged in by just using a link or QR code.

This August, the team at Book Creator is hosting a handful of webinars specifically for back-to-school. You can find a complete list of webinars on this page. And of course, you can catch recordings of past webinars on Book Creator’s YouTube channel, too.

Ready to explore these awesome back-to-school resources? Head over to this landing page to find all of the details.

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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2 Responses to “Starting the School Year with Book Creator Activity Ideas”

  1. A few years ago we tried to introduce a very powerful resource from Apple into school practice. It was called iBook Author. But for our teachers, this resource seemed very difficult, it required extra effort from them. And although this book creator opened up great creative possibilities, the experiment was not successful. Unfortunately.

    • Monica Burns

      Hi Sergey! I think you’ll find Book Creator a lot more user-friendly than iBooks Author — I’ve used both in the past and Book Creator is much better for students of all ages who are just getting started with ebook creation.

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