According to the calendar, spring is finally here and although you wouldn’t know it from the snow and sleet we received last night, so too is camping season. For me, no campfire is complete without the traditional gooey, chocolaty smores. The tech tip I have for you this week is a different kind of smore however, an online smore 2.0.
The website, www.smore.com is a fantastic new (and free) flyer creating website which I happened to stumble upon recently and can see being used in many classroom applications. After choosing the type of flyer you would like to design (event, news bulletin, class advertisement, etc.) you are prompted to fill in a title, subtitle and write a brief paragraph with other in key information. You are given the option to add pictures, audio, video and events to your flyer. Other customizable options include changing the theme, colours, font and background photo.When you are finished you can share by printing, emailing, tweeting, posting on Facebook, etc. Of course, like most online services, upgrading is offered however I believe that the flyers look wonderful with the available free options. Once complete flyers are set for public viewing as a default, however by clicking on flyer settings you can change this preference to private viewing only. Here is a mock flyer I created in minutes advertising the Talent Show taking place at Hyland Heights next week...
I feel that this would be fantastic for students and schools to use to promote classroom and school-wide events to parents and the community. Additionally students could use this application to illustrate their learning about a historical event (i.e. show the events of confederation) or country they are studying. Personally, I think this is a wonderful way to create colourful and appealing class newsletters which can be emailed to parents or printed and sent home with students.
I hope you find this new tool beneficial and if there are other ways you find to use it in the class and school-wide please feel free to share them with me. I'd love to hear from you.