Writing exercises are always more fun if you know that the texts will be read "for real". It increases creativity and accuracy when the students publishing what they write. It is fun and engaging to create books with images and colours! BookCreator has taken note of this, and they offer a free internet service where you can make real e-books. The books can be collected in the school's own e-library and of course, you can send the links to the parents or whoever you want.
I recently received a tip about a service called BookCreator, and of course, I wanted to try it out with my class. BookCreator lets students create a real e-book, and now that I have tried it with the students, I can honestly say that it was a long time since we had so much fun! It was easy to use the different tools, and it was possible to create many different types of books.
You can get started by logging in with your Google account and then create a library. The library will contain all the books that the school or class produce for a long time, and the books will be displayed for students to come. After that, you click "New book" to make the first e-book. The first time I used BookCreator, I missed the tab called "Templates", so I only saw the blank templates in different shapes. I was happy anyway, but it would have saved me a lot of time if I had seen that there are many different ready-made templates to choose from.
When creating books, you can either let the students log in and create all by themselves, or you can copy their texts and paste them on the book pages for them. I chose to cut and paste the first time I used it because I felt unsure of all the features and how everything worked. When you have used it once and feel more secure, you can let the students create their own books.
I would like to give BookCreator 5 stars out of 5!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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