Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Participate in a Free Book Creator Webinar This Summer

The beauty of Book Creator, one of our core apps in the School District of Waukesha, is that it is dead simple to use.  The strength of Book Creator, though, is that it is so widely adaptable to a wide range of projects, uses, age and grade levels, and subject matter.
If you have not used Book Creator yet, it is a platform that allows the creator to compile a variety of media types (text, images, drawings, videos, and audio) onto a page to form an eBook.

However, don't let the term eBook limit you. Students across our district are using it to recount their take-away messages and lessons from field trips, to build a glossary of key vocabulary terms, to compile resources and record their thinking in digital thoughtful logs, to write stories and share them with others, to dig into text and demonstrate their analysis of that text, to create graphic novels, and more. This is happening at our earliest grade levels and extending up from there.

As with anything that is simple to use and widely adaptable, learning to USE the tool is not the tough part. The tough part is being imaginative enough to finding new and interesting ways to use that tool. And that's where hearing what others are doing with the tool can be powerful.

Book Creator has announced a Summer 2017 Book Creator Webinar series for teachers. These hands-on trainings may be just the spark and inspiration you need to start exploring how you can more creatively use Book Creator in your classroom next year.

Here is the lineup for this summer:

  • Using Book Creator in a One iPad Classroom  (June 7 - 1:00 PM)
    • We have more than one iPad in our classrooms, but this webinar will focus on collaborative projects with Book Creator and demonstrate combine different books (from different students) into a single book
  • Checking for Understanding with Book Creator (June 30 - 12:00 PM)
    • An exploration of how students can use Book Creator to show what they know and how teachers can offer feedback
  • Creating eBooks to Document Field Trips and Special Events (July 17 - 2:00 PM)
    •  From capturing media during an event, to structuring a book to include reflection, and generating an authentic audience for student writers, this webinar will share ways to help students record special events int he classroom
  • Creating Comics in the Classroom (August 15 - 3:00 PM)
    • This webinar will demonstrate how to use the comics features in Book Creator to have students creating comics in the classroom, and the presenter will share ideas for how to use this text type in the classroom as well.
If you are interested in exploring these webinars (they are free, after all!), visit the Book Creator Webinars page and get more details on how to attend.