Sunday, July 30, 2023

Back to School 2023 with Book Creator

This blog post brought to you by Book Creator, but all opinions are mine.

Believe it or not, the summer is coming to a close and it is time to start preparing for back to school

Whether this thought fills you with excitement for a new year, or disbelief on how fast the summer flew by, Book Creator can help make the transition easy and exciting.

I have often shared about Book Creator, including how this tool can be used to help students write and illustrate their stories. For more details on that, see my earlier blog post and tutorial video here - "Book Creator Pen Tools - Let Your Inner Illustrator Come Alive!"

Well now to help kick off the new school year, Book Creator has a collection of awesome "Back to School" resources including:
  • 6 webinars throughout August
  • An activity book for students
  • A teacher-created resource book
  • Blog posts with ideas and lesson plans for teachers
  • SEL templates to engage students in reflection
  • #ClearTheList promotion 
  • New Toolkit for Schools & Districts
  • License offer promotion for schools and districts
Take a look below to get details for these resources. And a big thanks to Book Creator for offering these and for sponsoring this blog post!

🔗 Back to School Hub

You can find all of the "Back to School" resources from Book Creator on their hub at:

Below we will highlight several items from the hub, but be sure to check out the original page for all the resources.

📖 Activity Book for Students

Give this template book to your new students so they can acquaint themselves with you and their classmates, and work together on finding their feet in the new school year.

🍎 Teacher-Created Resources

The ideas in this book should spark some ideas for creating your own student support resources. Create one book of different resources or a separate book for each one.

📋 Clear The List

To help kickstart your new year with lots of fresh classroom supplies, Book Creator wants to help clear up to $500 from 3 teacher's Amazon wishlists. Fill out the form before August 31 and they will be in touch with the winners with the news. Good luck!

▶️ Webinars

Book Creator will be running 6 webinars throughout August to help you and your students start off the new school year. If you can't make it to the live webinars, be sure to still register for them as the recordings will be sent to registrants afterwards.

Reigniting the Spark: Infusing Joy into the New School Year
  • August 3, 2023 - 3:30pm EST
  • Description: The new school year can be a time of excitement and new beginnings. But it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. This session will help reignite the spark of joy into learning and teaching and create an environment where your students can thrive. Join Jon Smith and Catherine Cappiello as we explore practical strategies for building relationships with your students and amongst themselves as well as creating a positive classroom climate. Take away a pack of resources you can implement immediately as we delve into exciting possibilities and inspire you to kick off the new school year with engaging, student-centered activities that will ignite their imaginations and make learning an enjoyable adventure.

Book Creator Community Showcase - Exploring Classroom Connections
  • August 8, 2023 - 3:30pm EST
  • Description: The Book Creator community is a vibrant and supportive group of educators who are passionate about using Book Creator to create engaging and interactive learning experiences for their students. Our monthly Community Showcase webinar is about sharing our work and inspiring others to create and be creative. Join Education Community Manager, David Hotler, and Book Creator Ambassador, Teraye Law, as they share best practices for making learning more accessible, boosting student engagement, and ensuring all students share their voice. There will also be a exclusive announcement as we launch our brand new Community Program - this is one not to be missed!

Differentiation for Lesson Planning using AI Tools
  • August 15, 2023 - 3:30pm EST
  • Description: A new AI tool for education pops up almost every day. With no shortage of new technology in the classroom, understanding them and knowing where they fit into your workflow can be exhausting. Join Lisa Highfill, co-founder of HyperDocs, Vlad Gutkovich, CEO of, and David Hotler, Community Manager at Book Creator for a discussion about differentiation in lesson planning using the newest AI tools.

Creative Back-to-School Activities to Engage Your Students
  • August 22, 2023 - 11:00am EST
  • Description: It's that time of the year again - back to school! Come join Jon Smith and explore a variety of creative back-to-school activities designed to captivate and engage your students using Book Creator. Discover how this versatile digital tool can be utilized to spark creativity, encourage collaboration, and foster a love for learning right from the start of the school year. From creating interactive ebooks and digital portfolios to designing multimedia projects, you'll be provided with practical ideas and step-by-step guidance on how to leverage Book Creator to its fullest potential in your classroom.

Cultivating Kindness & Positivity with Common Sense Education
  • August 29, 2023 - 3:30pm EST
  • Description: In today's fast-paced digital world, it's more important than ever to equip students with the tools to navigate online spaces responsibly and cultivate a positive digital footprint. Join us for an engaging webinar with Book Creator and Common Sense Ambassador, Hue-An Wren, as we explore the powerful combination of Common Sense Education’s lessons and Book Creator to foster a culture of kindness and positivity in the classroom. Learn how to create interactive and collaborative books that reflect student’s understanding of empathy and kindness and the importance of these qualities in everyday life. Come away with ideas and practical ways to create a supportive learning environment and positively start the new year.

Creating a Joyful Learning Environment: Tips for the New School Year
  • August 30, 2023 - 4:30pm EST
  • Description: The new school year is a great time to start fresh and create a joyful learning environment for your students. Book Creator is a simple, but powerful, tool that can help you do just that. In this webinar with Catherine Cappiello, you will discover how to use Book Creator to create interactive books, digital portfolios, and fun activities that will engage your students, keep them learning and allow them to set goals and reflect. Come away with lots of tips for using Book Creator to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of all learners for a successful school year ahead.

✍️ Blog Posts

Book Creator has added 6 helpful "Back to Schools" blog posts for teachers:
  • 5 tips for an inclusive classroom this school year - Start the new year with an inclusive outlook, making students feel valued and building their self-esteem from the first day in your classroom.
  • Housekeeping in Book Creator - If you've been using Book Creator in the last year, here are some simple housekeeping activities to keep everything in order.
  • New Features you may have missed -  Let's take a look at some of the amazing features we've released in the past year - did you know about them all?
  • Ideas for the new school year - Whether you're a Book Creator veteran or a novice - here are some ideas and concepts to help you in the coming school year.
  • 8 creative back to school activities for any classroom - Dr. Monica Burns shares some of her favorite tips using Book Creator as you come back to school.
  • Teacher creativity and personal enrichment with Book Creator - Michael Hernandez shares some ideas for teachers to support their own creativity and enrichment. He also shares his own homemade example, made in Book Creator!

🛠️ Toolkit for Schools & Districts

Book Creator has a new toolkit was developed to help roll out and implementation of Book Creator go as smoothly as possible. The toolkit includes:
  • Schools & Districts Toolkit - Unlock the full potential of Book Creator with this comprehensive guide, bursting with tips and tricks to take your classrooms to the next level.
  • Getting Started with Book Creator (for Admins) - Written for schools and districts that have purchased a premium license package, this guide will help ensure a smooth and successful rollout of Book Creator.
  • Welcome to Book Creator for Teachers - A book for schools and districts to share with teachers when introducing it to them for the first time, showing them why they should use it and how to get started.
  • Why use Book Creator in your classroom? - Designed for teachers who are new to Book Creator, this book gives an overview of the key pillars of Book Creator and why it works in schools.

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