Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creative Book Classroom: Progress Tracking & Review

Creative Book Classroom is a new way for teachers to keep track of progress, give quick review, grade and comment for books written by students. This is extremely useful in classroom, teachers can help students writing books better on any subjects.

Creative Book Classroom (CBC) redefines book writing cycle: Write, Submit, Review, Feedback.

Teachers can create session according to lesson. Each session contains different tasks. More and smaller tasks make writing cycle faster. Each task contains detailed description. Students can write book by using any book writing app, export books to PDF format and upload them directly.

For those who are using Creative Book Builder (CBB) app, students just login with Google account or email, join session by code and complete tasks within CBB app because CBB integrates tightly with CBC.

Students can submit book for each tasks. The book is converted to images so that the upload process is faster and teachers can add comments directly on images.

Teachers can view progress update by task and by user for each session in real time. Teachers can draw somethings, add shapes on each page, and also give their comments. Teachers can view grade and status reports and export reports to CSV format.

Students can review their own progress and view feedback from teachers as well. Students can update their books and teachers can review them again. This cycle can be iterated over many times.

Creative Book Builder v4.3

New features:

1. Import or download files to resources library directly

2. Integrate with Creative Book Classroom

3. Optimized for iOS 11

4. Optimized for iPhone X

Monday, November 20, 2017

Missing Books Issues

If you found the books are missing suddenly, database file may be corrupted.

Please send database file to support via email.

Please follow the steps to get database file:
1. Plug the device into PC / Mac
2. Use iTunes to connect to the device
3. Select "Apps"
4. Go to "File Sharing"
5. Select "Creative Book Builder"
6. Find and select the file "CreativeBookBuilderDB.sqlite"
7. Tap "Save to.."

We will try to recover data.

We will delete database file after fixing the issues.

If you have full backup on iTunes recently, you can also try to restore from it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Humbly - Anonymous Messaging for Classroom

Humbly is a new way for students to learn through effective conversation, involve lessons responsively, and give honest feedback by using anonymous messaging.

Humbly allows teachers to create channels for different lessons, topics, subjects, projects, interest groups and events, etc. The students can join channels to ask or reply questions anonymously without hesitation because they do not identify each other. This is extremely useful in classroom when some students are not willing to respond to teachers in front of others and teachers can also get more feedback as well.

* Students cannot see message sender’s name except teacher.
* Students can join channel by using channel code or QR code.
* Teacher can see all message sender’s name.
* Teacher is only administrator of the channel.
* Channel can be accessed within a period of time or date so that teachers can monitor channel at the convenient time.
* Teacher can approve, block and delete any participants in the channels.
* Teacher can import students from Google Classroom.

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/humbly/id1295829804?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tigernghk.android.humblyapp

Humbly for iOS Demo

Humbly for Android Demo

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Creative Book Builder for Mac v1.4

New features:

1. Create fixed layout book with customized page size

2. Navigate whole book while recording audio

3. Bug fix

Friday, August 18, 2017

Smart Merge - increase your productivity

From version 4.2, Creative Book Builder introduces a great new feature called Smart Merge.

Smart Merge is a new way to merge the placeholders of the content with different values so that the book can be used as template. Instead of copying and pasting contents, different books are generated automatically according to the template.

First, you need to define placeholders using {{ and }}, e.g. {{place_holder_name}}.

For example, the content is defined as below:

This book "{{place_holder_title}}" is created by {{place_holder_author}}

The above content can be merged with values:

This book "Creative Book Builder Getting Started" is created by CBB Support

This book "English Lesson" is created by Teacher A

This book "Training Manual" is created by Peter

Placeholders can be defined anywhere, including cover image and book information.

For example, the placeholders, e.g. {{cover_title}}, {{author}} are added to cover image as below:

Those placeholders' values are defined as "Smart Merge" and "CBB Support", after smart merging, the cover image will become:

How to use Smart Merge to generate new book:

1. Tap Publish button to bring the action menu, and then select "Smart Merge".

2. CBB can scan all the pages, cover image, and book information to discover placeholders. Placeholder list is shown after searching.

3. Fill in the values for placeholders.

4. Tap Merge button to start merging.

5. Finally, you can preview the resulted book, upload the result book to cloud services, or add the resulted book as a new book.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fixed Layout Book Enhancement

From version 4.2, we have improved Fixed Layout book creation for better user experience.

1. New interface for adding new book is allowed to choose layout type and customize the size:

2. After selecting layout type, corresponding default size is shown below. Tap the size to change size. The customized size will be saved and you do not need to set again. Moreover, you can tap "Use Default" to use the default size at any time. The Classic books (i.e. reflow-able books) do not have size settings.

3. Next and previous icons are moved to the middle right and middle left edges for navigation. If current page is last page, next icon will be changed to add icon that can be used to add new page.

4. There are icons in the bottom of the page. Text icon is used to add new title, paragraph, etc. Image icon is used to add new image from photo library and cloud services. Microphone icon is used to add new audio recording. Tool icon is used to add other elements. More icon contains other commands, e.g. set as draft, share page, delete page, etc.

5. Glossary and footnotes can be accessed via More icon in the top bar.