Book Creator is an app for Google Chrome and the iPad that enables students to create and read multimodal digital books. It is an ideal tool for enhancing student engagement through story creation and multimedia design. When creating their own books, students can either generate their own content (by typing, drawing or uploading self-made videos, audio files, and images) or they can curate online multimedia resources from the Internet. Book Creator can also be used in project-based learning activities because it allows real-time collaboration for multiple students to create one book. While students will get the most educational benefit out of designing their own books, they can also read multimodal books designed by others to enrich their knowledge.
|Price||Limited version: Free (40 books with all the functions except for real-time collaboration); $60 per year for 180 books and real-time collaboration; $120 per year for 1200 books.|
|Type of learning||Social Constructivism; Constructionism;|
|Ease of Use||★★★★✩|
Book Creator does not have accessibility terms on their website. Texts in the books can be read by the Read To Me function, but not the other multimedia. The creating process relies on hand drawing and typing.
|ISTE Standards for Students||Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator|
A video review on Book Creator
Book Creator & the SAMR Model
To further discuss how Book Creator can be used in the classroom, we can examine it with the SAMR Model by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. It suggests that the implementation of technology in teaching and learning has four levels. By using these levels as a guideline, we get to analyze the implication of edtech tools in the classroom.
- Substitution: Students read a digital book rather than a traditional textbook.
- Augmentation: Students read books that contain multimedia, such as video and audio files, which enriches learning. For example, when learning about a scientific experiment, it can be more helpful to watch a video that demonstrates what happens during the experiment rather than to read about it.
- Modification: Students research, collect online resources and curate them into a book. Students generate original content, including text, videos, audio files, and paintings/pictures to create an original book to demonstrate their understanding and learning outcomes, in replacement of traditional assessments.
- Redefinition: Students can create books that can be instantly downloaded and shared publicly on the internet.
- History: Create a bibliography of a historical figure. Write an alternate history book. Design a new history textbook that features influential women and people of color who shaped history.
- Science: Create a science journal/log. Design a multimodal handbook for science experiments.
- Creative Arts: Create a portfolio of artworks.
- English/Language Arts: Write a book about the local community and invite community members to contribute text and multimedia (For example, invite a police officer to suggest some tips for the residents). Write a fractured fairy tale.
- A list of resources for teachers curated by Book Creator.
- A Webinar: Real-time Collaboration with Book Creator on Chrome
- 15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms
- Book Creator Teacher Guide
- Book Creator’s Twitter Chat Page
- Facebook Group for Teachers Using Book Creator
How to Use Book Creator
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