Recently the excellent Jon Tait @teamtait posted on twitter about a teaching and learning newsletter that he had created using Smore www.smore.com. This led to a lot of fellow tweachers looking to create a similar thing to help spread the message about teaching and learning to a greater audience. Jon’s original post can be found here http://www.edutait.com/?p=296
I created my own in an effort to publicise some of the work I had been doing with iPads in the classroom but also to spread the message I was getting from twitter about loads of great ideas. My first attempt is here https://smore.com/z14p
I started to then think about the application of this in students work. Lots of teachmeets I have been to recently have had Digital Leaders focusing on death by powerpoint and it has got me thinking about ensuring I give students a range of ways to present work and be creative.
Smore is a really simple tool to use but allows the user to create nice leaflets with digital content quite easily. The final product is very professional and should allow students to feel proud of what they have achieved. It also has links to social networks which means that the work created can hit a much wider audience at the students choice. I use it on my iPad and it is simple to create flyers.
When you start a new flyer you get to choose a type. This just gives you a template to follow to get you started.
Once selected you then just simply edit the existing text to create your flyer.
From a students point of view this should help get them started but for the more able or creative you can start to create the outline in your own style. By clicking on the + icon you get a wealth of options to upload media, text or links to websites.
Uses in the classroom.
My intention is to start to share this with the students to give them a new tool to use in creating work. In my BTEC class I will introduce it as a new tool for them to create their coursework. As it is about creating flyers it is a relevant tool that can be used for promoting events or advertising products.
Students could use it to create revision guides for topics that they have covered and these could then be shared amongst the group.
Staff could create reading guides for different topics and again share them out so studnts have access to a wealth of reading.
English students could use it to do book reviews and include links to pictures or video to help others interpret the text.
Schools that have digital leaders in place could use this as a way of creating guides for others to use certain apps.
The caution as with all things is not to use it to death. Where it works and has relevance it will have impact, over do it and its your new powerpoint.
If people have other applications for its use I would be really keen to hear about them.