5 Reasons to use Book Creator in the Classroom

Kate Friedwald  |  June 2018

Back in 2013 I began using Book Creator with my Year 5/6 class.  I can’t remember who or how I was introduced, but it’s safe to say I have been a fan ever since!  Now as a facilitator it has become one of the top resources I recommend to teachers and their students.  Check out why.

Multi Platformed

Available on both iPad and Chrome, the team at Book Creator have pretty much everyone covered.  I have personally used both options with students in classroom settings and have only positive things to say.  Recently working with 120 students and a mix of both platforms we were able to create a combined book with no limitations to either.  With only slightly different ways to access the app, even explaining to first time uses the process to get started was simple.

Simple to Use

I have a huge belief that great apps and sites should not need explaining to uses and this is most certainly the case with Book Creator.  Right from the very start teachers are able to focus on the learning itself rather than how to use the app. From the easy to find New Book button to adding media, editing objects and sharing, students of all ages can quickly find success in navigating the use of the app.  Take a closer look here.

Great Share Options

I have yet to come across the need to share a book via an option that is not available in Book Creator.  Email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Web Upload (as movie), AirPrint, export as PDF, WebDav, iTunes transfer, and publish direct to iBooks Store.  My most used options would have to be Google Drive, Web Upload and Publish Online as these allow for most students I have worked with to easily get their book to their teacher or for the teacher to get a link to a book to share via a blog, newsletter, with parents, google classroom etc.  So many options!

Collaborative

The recent realtime collaboration feature of the chrome app is the icing on top of a great existing combine books function.  This allows students to work directly on the same book at the same time. The chrome app also allow teachers to begin a library for students to join and create their books so they are all in the one place.  Whether using via iPad or Chrome however individual books can be combined into one, allowing easily for group/class books to be produced. I recently worked with students where we combined books created both on the ipad (downloaded to google drive then submitted through google classroom) and those created in a shared library on chrome.  They really have made it as simple as possible.

Across Curriculum

Book Creator is one of those must have apps that can be used across platforms, ages and the curriculum.  Once teachers and students have mastered the basics, the sky really is the limit. Check out some of the below ideas……and Join our Facebook Group to keep up with more great ideas.

50 Ways to use Book Creator

These is bound to be an idea in here that appeals to you for use with yo!ur students. Even better the book is made with Book Creator!

Resources for teachers

Filter through a huge range of resources and lesson ideas for what will suit you and your students.

Fun ways to use Book Creator

Blog post by Holly Clark describing 15 ways to use Book Creator in the classroom.

Ideas for Lower Primary

Blog post by Technology Learning Journey sharing 3 great ideas and examples of using Book Creator with younger students.

I used it with my year 0/1 a few years back to track the daily growth of our beans for science. Was great because they could add a photo and then a diary entry of what changes they were seeing. I like the way you can download BC and add it to your blog or google site.
Love the dual language features of BC. Recording in Te Reo Māori and visually for hearing impaired.
They made picture books for their kindy buddy. They drew pictures either by hand or in doodle buddy, added them in and then added text. They downloaded a silent version then went back and added voice so they had the option of sharing a printed version (from PDF), a silent version they could read or a prepared video that contained audio too.
I use Book Creator with a reluctant writer. We use the talk to text feature on the Notes app and then transfer it Book Creator. It saves him being distracted by adding pictures etc as Notes don’t have these features. He can then fancy it up later.
The ability now to use in chrome browser and make books in a library for sharing has been a real bonus. Working with teachers with this and they are loving the possibilities. Especially being able to share on seesaw. The comic features are useful to create a poster and print off
My year 5/6 currently use it as a reflection diary for cyber safety and in Japanese they use it as a way to show case their semesters work, adding in their videos, photos and work. They can then add their own voice and do a Japanese voice over.
They made picture books for their kindy buddy. They drew pictures either by hand or in doodle buddy, added them in and then added text. They downloaded a silent version then went back and added voice so they had the option of sharing a printed version (from PDF), a silent version they could read or a prepared video that contained audio too.
I use Book Creator with a reluctant writer. We use the talk to text feature on the Notes app and then transfer it Book Creator. It saves him being distracted by adding pictures etc as Notes don’t have these features. He can then fancy it up later.