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Book Creator – the simple way to create beautiful ebooks

We appreciate this guest post from Book Creator. We think it is a great app and deserves consideration in any technology toolbox. We are beginning to explore templates for Book Creator and invite you to check out the product listed at the end of the post.


You may already be convinced about the potential for using educational ebooks in your classroom. But have you thought about actually creating the textbooks yourself?

Book Creator is a super-simple app for combining text, images, audio and video into an ebook that can be shared across the classroom and beyond.

Create meaningful ebooks that your class can relate to

For teachers, this means you can tailor your ebooks to the level of the class, or even to each student. This is what Math teacher Cathy Yenca did with her 7th grade students.

Example of math books from Cathy Yenca

Teachers could create templates for their students covering any topic – vocabulary notebooks, informational research, music books – you name it. Book Creator books are easy to create, and simple to share – you can export the books as ePub, PDF or video. Use a cloud app like Google Drive or Dropbox and you have the power to create a classroom resource library that everyone can access with ease.

Turn your students into published authors

Students often have a greater level of motivation when they know they are producing work for an audience beyond their classroom. Book Creator is so simple to use that the app gets out of the way and allows for creativity to take precedence!

Here’s some ideas to try with your students:

And when you’re done, why not publish the book to Apple’s iBooks Store and turn your students into published authors?

Example of ebooks published with Book Creator

Half price for schools

Book Creator for iPad a best-selling app on the App Store, with over 25 million ebooks made with the app worldwide. What’s more if you don’t have an iPad, there will soon be a cross-platform web version of Book Creator available.

Find out more about Book Creator at bookcreator.com/education


Please click here to see our first Book Creator template.

Seesaw – A Student Driven Portfolio Tool

From time to time we like to highlight interesting opportunities outside the ebook world. We are going to do that today by looking at Seesaw.

Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio and parent communication tool.

For Students: Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an authentic audience for their work—their peers, parents, or the world. With built-in content creation tools, like photos, videos, drawings, voice recordings, text notes, PDFs, links and integrations with 1000s of other apps, students can demonstrate their learning in the way that works best for them.

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For Families: Seesaw gives parents an immediate and personalized window into their child’s school day, helping to answer: “What did you do at school today?”. Through the Seesaw parent app and website, parents can view their child’s work, leave comments, and really understand how their child is progressing. Seesaw also provides automatic notifications for parents about new work for their child – so they can stay in the loop wherever they are!

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For Teachers: Seesaw saves teachers time on organization and parent communication, makes formative assessment easy, and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills. In a 2015 survey of teachers who used Seesaw actively in their classroom, 92% report an increase in parent involvement and engagement since using Seesaw.

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Click here to get more information about Seesaw!

Engaging Students and Technology

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This guest post is from April Requard, a technology integration specialist in Albuquerque, NM. She has great ideas on including students in the process of implementing technology in schools. We appreciate her allowing us to include this post in our blog.

The Student Has Become the Teacher: Technology in the Hands of the Powerful. This was the title for my TEDxABQ Education talk on empowering teachers to champion the idea of creating student-led technology teams at their schools. Our students are our greatest resource.  Their help, ideas, and vision can help create lasting change within the walls of our schools…all we have to do is empower them with the tools to help lead the change alongside the educators in our schools. The theme of the TEDxABQ Event was all about Equity in Education…I can’t think of a better way to provide equity than by giving students a front row seat at the table!

Click here to watch my TED Talk! I was so blessed to bring along 7 of my fabulous students to speak about how being on our SWAT Team has impacted them! These students inspire me and are a sweet reminder of all things that are good in education! This experience was one that I know these kiddos will never forget and I am so lucky to be one of their teachers.

My tech team is called the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology). This group truly became my teammates as we worked together to create published work, inspire teachers, lead others towards learning how to integrate technology into their classrooms, reach out to the community, and create change within our school and district.

I’ve previously written about how I choose the members of my SWAT Team, the application process, and the general goals of the group. Click here to view this post.

Hopefully, the TED Talk and the ideas presented by my students inspire you to begin thinking about how you can involve your students in changing the technology integration climate at your school!

Guest Post Opportunities

DedicatedTeacher.com would like to help spread the word about folks doing great work in education by providing opportunities to guest post on our blog. If you are a teacher doing something in your classroom or school that you would like to share, if you are blogger with content to share, a company with a service, software, or device to share we would love to hear from you. The topic is up to you as long as it will help educators do their job more effectively.

We would like the posts to be useful for educators, at least 250 words, and as original as possible. If you have a picture or two that would be useful we would gladly accept that as well. Posts will be accepted as word processing or text files. We reserve the right to decline to publish submitted material but will work to accommodate any submissions that meet our requirements.

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Please email us at info@tecknoquest.com if you have any questions or would like to begin the submission process. We look forward to hearing from you.