Smore

Self-Paced Professional Development Course

What is Smore?

Smore a very user-friendly and attractive platform for presenting information. It works great as a place to curate digital content for a virtual lesson. Include text, links, embedded videos, images, forms and buttons. This very course is designed in Smore!
Smore product video

How can I use it to enhance & transform my classroom?

Smore gives you a place to include everything you need for a complete lesson in a nice linear flow. Give students an eLearning experience in an easy-to-use platform to minimize tech issues and questions and keep the focus on learning!

What are other educators saying about it?

Self-Paced Training

Things to Read and Watch

IMPORTANT NOTE!

Like many things, Smore has both free and paid subscriptions. You are limited to 5 flyers on the free plan. Their educator prices are pretty good!


Southwest Parke teachers... you are always welcome to pay out of pocket! ;) If you want a corporation paid subscription, you must request it during open windows. The cost will be covered through your students' class fees. Watch your email and Google Classroom for announcements of this once-a-year opportunity to request a subscription.


The content that follows will teach you more about using Smore.

eLearning Lessons - If you are using Smore to build an eLearning lesson, your first step is to get a copy of the Smore version of the eLearning Lesson Template. First, sign-in to your Southwest Parke Smore account. (If you do not have an account under Southwest Parke, email Rachel to see if one is available.) Then follow the link below and click the button to make a copy of the flyer that you can edit.
Smore Tutorial
Quick Tips for using Smore

Adding Content

Text
  • If using a template, replace template text [in brackets] or old text with your own text by simpling clicking and typing!
  • Add new text fields as needed.
  • video demo


Adding Files - PDF's, PPT, Audio (MP3), etc.

To include files in your lesson (PDF's, PPT, MP3's, etc.), you'll need to:

  • upload them into Google Drive
  • make sure the share settings are set to "anyone with the link" and giving the permission the students need to have (view, comment, edit)
    **TIP** If you're going to be doing this a lot, you might want to make a Google Drive folder and set the folder's share settings to "anyone with the link can view". Then all the files you place in this folder will have those settings automatically and you will only have to do that step once!
  • copy the share link and add it as a link in your lesson
  • this is shown in the adding links video demo below


Links

  • linking to a website
  • linking to files in Google Drive
  • video demo


Adding Images


Adding Videos


Creating & Adding An Audio Recording

You won't be able to directly insert an audio file in Smore unless you use SoundCloud (which isn't free). You'll need to store your audio file in Google Drive and link to it.

  1. Use Online Voice Recorder to make your audio recording.
  2. Save it to your computer - note... this is a two step save. You'll have to click "Save", let it process the recording, and then use the "click to save" button that appears to download it to your computer.
  3. Upload it to Google Drive.
  4. Adjust the share settings so that anyone with the link can view.
  5. Place the link to your recording file in your lesson.


Creating and Adding Your Own Video

Complete the Screencast-O-Matic Opportunity Course to learn how to make your own screencast or video recordings using this free tool.


Embedding a Google Form

Smore Classrooms

Your Educator account now allows your students to create their own private Smore flyers, viewable by only you and their classmates. This would be great for research projects as an alternative to a report or slideshow, for Genius Hour endeavors, or to create student portfolios.


Check out the video and link below to learn more.

Meet Classrooms - Free student accounts on Smore

Implement

Create a lesson in Smore and assign it to your students. This is a great option for all grade levels to use for eLearning Days, sub days or times when you want students to practice more independent learning.


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Have your students create a Smore flyer for a class project.

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Get your badge and PGP Certificate!

Complete the form below to show what you've learned and accomplished! Once reviewed, you'll receive your badge and PGP certificate.


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(Sorry.... these are only available to Southwest Parke staff.)

Additional Resources

Rachel Porter

I'd love to help you become more proficient with Smore. Contact me with questions specific to your classroom!