Book Creator

Introduction to Book Creator with Resources

by Jane Elzinga

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by Jane Elzinga
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February 2022
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for teachers
Tool Snapshot
Price - The free version of Book Creator gives educator’s access to 40 books, but lacks some features of the paid version including real-time collaboration. Individual teachers can pay $10 per month, which allows them and their students to create up to 1000 books with the ability to get support and ideas from other teachers using the app. Volume pricing is available for schools and districts but varies depending on the amount of teachers who will be using the Book Creator app. 

Learning - Constructionism

Ease of Use ★★★★✩

Privacy ★★★★✩

Accessibility ★★★✩✩ 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*S - Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator

COPPA/FERPA - Yes
"Online Tools for Teaching & Learning." , Students in EDUC 390D, 592A, & 692D at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, blogs.umass.edu/onlinetools/learner-centered-tools/book-creator.
What is Book Creator?
Book Creator is a free tool that allows educators and their students to create multimedia ebooks.

This tool is designed to teach students by getting them excited about creating their own books on the topics they are learning about.

Available as a web app on Chromebooks, laptops, and tablets, and also as an iPad app, Book Creator is a digital resource that helps students explore their creative sides while learning. 

Book Creator lends itself well to active learning and collaborative projects of all kinds, and is appropriate for various subjects and age groups. 

Book Creator gives students the ability to upload images, videos, audio, make recordings within the ebooks they create. It also empowers them to draw, take notes, and collaborate in real-time with their classmates and instructor. Students can then share a finished book they wrote. 
What Are Some of Book Creator’s Key Features? 
Audio & Video - In addition to being able to write and draw and choose from various graphics, Book Creator lets users record audio and embed videos. This allows educators and students to really let their creativity shine as they produce interactive books. 

Multiple Ways to Save and Present Work 
Ebooks made with Book Creator can be saved in a variety of formats. Users can create a link to their ebook or print it, or save it as a PDF, or have a movie version of the book recorded. Different books can also be combined into one document. 

Reads Ebooks to Students
Book Creator has a Read to Me feature that allows the ebooks created on the program to be read aloud to students. The word being spoken is highlighted and there are many different language options. This is a wonderful tool for new readers and offers good accessibility for learners of any age. 

Pricing
The free version of Book Creator gives educator’s access to 40 books, but lacks some features of the paid version including real-time collaboration. Individual teachers can pay $10 per month, which allows them and their students to create up to 1000 books and also gives them the ability to get support and ideas from other teachers using the app. Volume pricing is available for schools and districts but varies depending on the amount of teachers who will be using the Book Creator app. 
Ofgang, Erik. "What is Book Creator and How Can Educators Use It." Tech & Learning, Future Publishing Limited Quay House, 19 May 2021, www.techlearning.com/how-to/what-is-book-creator-and-how-can-educators-use-it.
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