CAST UDL Book Builder
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Book Builder is a website that allows kids to read, create, and share their own books online. Some of the books are educational, written by adults to help kids learn in their own ways, and others, written and illustrated by kids of all ages, are just fun to read. Because it's a self-publishing tool, the quality varies, but kids should enjoy browsing titles and gathering inspiration for their own story or idea. They may need a parent's help with the more technical aspects of the site (scanning and uploading pictures, formatting pages), but the tool is pretty intuitive and kids will love being a "published" author.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- making new creations
- producing new content
- academic development
- multiple forms of expression
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will get engrossed in writing their own story within the site's simple format, and the ability to share their finished book and read the work of their peers will keep them engaged.
The combination of text, audio, and video caters to all types of learners, which is helpful in the classroom as well as at home. Kids learn the basics of storytelling when they create a book.
There's a lot of support for teachers along with information about UDL practices and how to implement them. Kid users will find step-by-step guidance through the book creation process.
What's it about?
CAST UDL Book Builder is a free online tool that allows visitors \"to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.\" Many books include a learning guide that helps parents and teachers facilitate discussion and enhance the reading experience for kids. Kids can also use the tool to publish their own stories and lessons, including illustrations and photographs.
Is it any good?
Kids will be thrilled to see their own book in the Book Builder Public Library (or use the option to share only with family members and friends). There aren't too many bells and whistles in Book Builder -- no fancy fonts or ways to resize photo, but kids will appreciate the straightforward, simple program. Parents should be pleased to see that many books in the Book Builder Library cater to various learning styles as UDL's mission is to make information easy for all students to understand.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what inspires people to tell their own story and share it with the world.
Families can talk about what it means to publish something online. Who can see it? How does it feel to share your work?
Families can also talk about individual learning styles. What works best for your kid?