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Book Creator: Teacher Tips & Tricks

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This Book Creator tips and tricks guide is here to help you utilize ebook creation in your class in an effective and creative manner. 

At its core, Book Creator (opens in new tab) is a free tool that allows educators and their students to create multimedia ebooks based on class assignments and topics. The app’s self-publishing ebook format empowers students by allowing them to take authorship of the material they learn in class. 

But given Book Creator’s robust functionality, there are more ways to utilize ebook creation in the classroom than educators might initially realize. 

1. Use Book Creator to Create an “About Me” Book  

A great way to get your students used to using Book Creator and to have them learn more about one another is to have them create an “about me” page using the app. This can include a short bio and photo, for starters. Students can also add audio and video components to their page letting more of their personality shine. Ultimately, the various student’s pages can be combined into one “ebook” about the class.  

2. Use Book Creator for Student Stories, Poems, and Written Projects of all Kinds 

This is maybe the most straightforward use of the app, but it’s an important one. Students can use Book Creator to write, illustrate, and add video audio recordings to their written work. A response to a reading can be part written and part visual. Or students can write a poem and then include an audio clip of themselves or a classmate reading the poem. By the end of the semester they can create a book of all their written work, complete with a table of contents, cover, and title. 

3. Use Book Creator to Teach Math and Science 

Book Creator’s uses extend beyond English and humanities classes, The app can provide a great way for students to organize thoughts and show their work in math and science. Science students can write (opens in new tab) or record their predictions before testing a hypothesis, then compare and contrast results. They can also take notes on the experiment and track it with visuals. For math, they can use it to create math riddles (opens in new tab)

4. Use Book Creator To Produce Musical Ebooks  

Because of Book Creator’s recording abilities, there are many ways to utilize it in music class. An educator can write out music and have audio recordings embedded for students to play along with. More advanced music students can use it along with recording apps such as GarageBand. 

5. Use Book Creator to Make Comic Books 

Comic books are a popular template on Book Creator and can be used to tell stories and/or share work in a variety of topics. From graphic novels to step-by-step guides to various stories, students can have fun creating work in this visual medium.  

6. Use Book Creator to Support SEL Lesson Plans  

The tool is well suited to supporting SEL objectives (opens in new tab). Students can create books, comics, etc., to be collaborative and learn team building. Or they can interview members of their communities and share these interviews in Book Creator. They can also use the app to create and track thoughtfulness and other SEL goals. 

7. Use Book Creator’s “Read to Me” Function  

The “Read to Me” function on Book Creator is one of the app’s most versatile capabilities. It allows users to have the ebook created on the app read to them in various languages, while highlighting the word being spoken. This can help early readers learn to read, or provide an opportunity to practice proficiency in English or a foriegn language.  

8. Use Book Creator to Support Accessibility  

Brook Creator has many tools that can help support different learners. The Read to Me function can help those who have difficulty decoding language. The ability to embed video within the ebook can provide sign language translations. In addition, having each student record a video of them signing a portion of the book is a fun way to teach students sign language. Using the app educators can control aspects such as font size and colors to meet the individual needs of learners. 

Erik Ofgang is Tech & Learning's senior staff writer. A journalist, author (opens in new tab) and educator, his work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Associated Press. He currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University’s MFA program. While a staff writer at Connecticut Magazine he won a Society of Professional Journalism Award for his education reporting. He is interested in how humans learn and how technology can make that more effective.