Book Creator, the well loved and well used iOS app, now has a web-app version meaning it’s available to any device online.
Teachers can sign up for the FREE level of access to try things out, but in reality will soon be wanting to subscribe. The free level gives teachers a ‘library’ of 40 books to share with their class. Access to Book Creator is really easy if you have Google for Education accounts and works seamlessly on Windows machines, Macs or Chromebooks. Login is just a case of clicking a “Sign in with Google” button and then clicking your name. Teachers get a five-character code to share with the class to join them to their library as a one-off task. The interface is very easy to use and identical to the iOS one on the iPad.
Once students have joined your library the teacher can view each of their books as they are making them and even make changes live on each student’s work. If you are connected to an interactive screen the demonstration and learning opportunities are huge! Book Creator has a very simple interface but can be used to create very complex and professional-looking books and comics with ease. Once complete books can be printed or downloaded as ePub books or viewed online.
The paid-for levels allow teachers to share access to libraries, allow for online collaboration and also bring the ability to create far more books to your library.
Book Creator is a web-app everyone should take a look at! Find out more and sign in to your free account at bookcreator.app
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The beauty of Chrome as a browser and operating system is that there are a wealth of extensions and add-ons that can be added to core Chrome to give the user a wealth of extra functions and tools.
These add-ons and extensions can be left up to the individual user to choose, but with G Suite for Education you can pre-select apps to be available limiting choice or even choose specific extensions and pre-install them on Chrome for specific groups of users.
These extensions will appear for your students whether they are using Chromebooks or just the Chrome browser on another device.
Here are some of the best for classroom use.
Share to Classroom
This Chrome extension places the Classroom button at the top right of your Chrome window. When you click it a pop-up window shows you a list of your current Classrooms and allows you to push or share your currently viewed website with anyone who’s in that Classroom. It also gives you a quick-access button to open Google Classroom too.
This is also a free Chrome extension. It places a small red book icon at the top right of your Chrome windows. You can click that button and type in a word to look it up without losing the page you are browsing or alternatively you can highlight a word on a web page then click the dictionary button to automatically look up the selected word. This is a great feature to offer independence to your pupils when they are reading online.
Again this places a button onto your Chrome window. Clicking the button will pop-up a window which can offer to translate any highlighted word automatically or you can type in a word for an instant translation. The pop-up window also offers a “Translate Page” option which will automatically translate all of the text on the whole web page into your native language as set in Chrome.
If the text you are wishing to translate is in a document such as a Docs document, or any compatible format (Word for example), then the Google Translate button can translate all of that as well. The translation is not saved, the document remains in the original language.
As with all automatic translations the results are not always perfect, but as a tool to help students get to grips with the contents of a document or web page it’s a great and easy to use starter!
There are thousands of extensions and add-ons available. We will feature more of our favourites in coming posts.