BookWidgets now available for Chromebook, Android and PC (and iPad, of course)
iPads in the classroom are pretty awesome, but they’re not the only game in town: Chromebooks are quickly gaining in popularity, some schools prefer Android tablets or have a BYOD policy and let’s not forget about PC’s which are still used in many schools.
Even if your school happens to be using iPads today, who knows what the situation will be in a couple of years from now? Wouldn’t it be nice if all the widgets you created would just continue to work?
Running widgets in the web browser
As of BookWidgets 4.0, you can view widgets on Chromebook, Android tablets or PC’s in a web browser in 3 easy steps:
- Head over to https://www.bookwidgets.com/play
- Enter the shortcode of your widget
- There is no step 3
These links will work regardless of the device your students are using: on iPad, they will open the widget in our free iPad app; on other devices, it will run the widget in the web browser.
Creating widgets on Chromebook
BookWidgets started out as a Mac tool: ideal if you’re using iBooks Author and are in need of custom widgets. Since iBooks Author is a Mac-only tool, so was BookWidgets.
In the 3.0 release, we introduced BookWidgets for iPad, a free app students use to view and interact with the widgets you create. Since many teachers use a Windows PC, rather than a Mac, we released a Windows version of BookWidgets at the same time.
Now that Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular, we’ve now also added the ability to create widgets via your web browser. If you already have a BookWidgets account, you can check out the new web editor here.
If you don’t have an account yet, we suggest you take the guided tour to create your first widget online.
Of course, the web editor will also work on your Mac or Windows PC, so if you prefer web tools over desktop tools, go for it.
Creating widgets on iPad?
The web editor also works on iPad, ideal if you need to tweak a widget on the go, in your classroom or from the comfort of your couch. Due to some limitations of Safari on iPad, previewing widgets doesn’t work on iPad yet.
We’ll be addressing this by adding widget editing support to our iPad app soon. Stay tuned…