Going into this week, I was planning on simply doing a video to document my learning, trying out the Windows Photos Movie Editor, and using more editing techniques (rather than just stringing my clips together and leaving them as-is. However, I didn’t find it particularly exciting and felt that I should push myself a little further. Scrolling through one of the lists provided, Book Creator really stood out to me, and I’m so glad I tried it out! It’s definitely something I’m going to use in my future classroom (and they even provide examples of how to do so, and how to use it for assessment as well).
I like that they provide a variety of simple templates and options for the size of your book (there’s even the option to make comic books). It was really simple to navigate, add in text, and make an overall nice, finished piece. My only wish was that they provided more options for clipart to help make your pages more unique and to help make it more engaging for students.
I really enjoyed the added features of being able to hyperlink, add in videos (without having to first post them to YouTube), photos, and voice recordings. They also have a built-in read-aloud feature, making it accessible to students with visual differences. However, you can make it even more personal by adding in recordings of you reading each page (which I did on the first page of my book), helping students feel more like they are right there with you even when they are distance learning. Students could also use this feature to provide extra information about a topic, in addition to what they have typed. It has a lot more options than simply having students create a physical report of their learning, and they can work on it over the course of the year, even merging multiple books into a summary of their learning.
To get started, I initially tried playing around on my own for a while, before using this guide to help me figure out some of the features. This is what I was able to accomplish for my first book – I hope you enjoy! So far the link has worked for everyone, but if you’re having trouble viewing it, let me know in the comments!
Here’s a quick walk-through of how to use it:
I forgot to demonstrate a couple of things in the video, but they’re super simple. If you want to add a hyperlink, simply highlight the words you want included in the link, hit the little chain icon and paste in the URL (just like on WordPress). Also, if you want to add your bitmoji into the books to make it a little more fun or personal (something students will likely love to do), simply select which bitmoji you would like (using the chrome extension, if on a laptop) and drag and drop it into the book (it will not allow you to copy and paste images from outside of the application). After that, you can resize and move it around just like an image.
Here are some more resources for how to implement it in the classroom:
- Class Tech Tips
- Imagine, Create, Share
- iPad Educators
If you have any questions, comments, tips, ideas for how to use Book Creator in the classroom, or other online book-making tools (or other types of tools – I always want to expand my repertoire!) that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comments! I would love to hear from you.