So I shared my Bitmoji laden syllabus on twitter and I was asked last week if they could refer to it in a Book Creator Blog.. this is fun..
First let’s read how they included it.
So here is my take on my syllabus..
I expect students to use Book Creator throughout the semester. Currently they are using StoryCubes to create a story with Book Creator.
I started this project, because I saw talk of Comic Book syllabi being using in K12 on Twitter and I thought, oh I could do that. I love Bitmoji and being able to laugh at myself a little. Also, BookCreator has just come out with the Beta Version of their Chrome Editor version of Book Creator and one criticism, I get from my alumni is that I don’t do enough Chromebook integration so I wanted to try it out.
here is my syllabus!
I found the online system really easy to use the only thing that was not as “good” as the iPad app was the speed at which images were added.. but remember you are uploading to the “cloud” . I had one piece of functionality that I lost, I could not do a pdf of the book – so i downloaded an epub and then put it on my iPad and one page did not transfer. but overall it was good..
it was fun to do, and it made me feel like I could be more personal. However, my students did not love it.. I made the regular syllabus to copy and paste to the book. and some students really did not like the comic book syllabus and kind of rejected it. We need to work on being more flexible for sure. All of the same information was there.
Back to what Book Creator wrote – did it help me with classroom culture? Absolutely.. I think it started day one by showing that I was using the tools and it also helped me to better talk about Chromebook integration with students. I also embarked on it because of some twitter talk about referring students to services related to the book Paying the Price. No matter what you do, as a comic or not.. its great to let students know you are there for them and make yourself a person to them.
I would highly recommend it to faculty, make yourself a person and make yourself accessible to students. In the future, I will add a video welcome message, maybe made with clips! (for captioning).
Tool, either iPad or the Chrome version at http://app.bookcreator.com is great tool to use to make it happen. It produces an epub that is readable on all devices – android, Mac, IOS, or windows.