Book Creator was launched in 2011. Now, 7 years later, a staggering 1 million books are made per month!
A friend introduced it to me and I have never looked back!
What is Book Creator?
Book Creator, as the title suggests, is an app which allows you to create your own books. My class absolutely love using it on the ipad, and has certainly lead to increased motivation – particularly with reluctant writers.
A pupil recently told me,
“The best bit about it is the end result: it looks like a real book in a library!”
What are the key features?
What does it cost?
Try it for free, using their app: ‘Book Creator One’. This allows you to use all of the facilities but restricts you to creating only one book.
Alternatively, the full app is $4.99, and you can find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/book-creator-for-ipad/id442378070?mt=8
How does it work?
- Open up the app and click on the plus symbol at the foot of the page to make a new book (you can choose a blank one or otherwise opt for a ready-made template).
- Next add an item. Choose a photo, video, a live camera shot, a pen, text or a sound (this media can be moved and manipulated to where you want it). There are plenty of options to change colours and borders too.
- Finally add more pages until your book is complete. Then publish, print or share!
Book Creator really is that easy to use.
Have you got any lesson ideas using the app?
There are so many different ways you could use it. Here’s a few lessons that I have successfully carried out:
Moreover, here is an article I wrote a while back, about my experience of using Book Creator to document a science lesson.
Where can I go for support?
The best place I’d recommend is the Book Creator Facecbook group.
Here you will find both, teachers who use Book Creator, and staff from Book Creator – simply post a question and you will get some great answers in no time at all. Everyone in the group is dedicated to supporting teachers who use the app – I have got many ideas from this page.
Click this link to access the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookcreator/
Another great place to go to support is the official Book Creator website. In particular this article stands out: ‘50 ways to use Book Creator in the classroom’.
Many of the suggestions I had never even considered; 50 is plenty to get going with!
Finally, the new Google Chrome app is highly recommended. Watch this short video to see how it works:
Have a go! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below 😊