Getting to Know Smore
A Digital Flier That Gets You Noticed
Classroom or School Newsletters
Easily create a classroom, school, or department newsletter that gets noticed. Smore claims that it is impossible to create an ugly flier. They might be right. Smore makes it easy to create a newsletter/flier that has a designer look. You can also add text, photos, video, sound, art, links, etc. with just a few simple clicks.
Our parents are getting inundated with digital information. If we're going to take the time to communicate what is happening in our classrooms, departments, and schools, doesn't it make sense to create a newsletter that won't go unnoticed? Plus, Smore provides analytics so that you can tell if your newsletter is actually being read.
Flip Your Classroom
If you are like me, you feel there could never be enough time in the day. There are too few moments to deliver my instruction, give students an opportunity to interact with the content, practice, support students in acquiring the essential skills and strategies they need, and allow time so they can demonstrate that they understand the content and have acquired said skills and can employ strategies. Wow! We all need more time.
If you're like me, you have taken the time to painstakingly pull together PowerPoint presentations so that you can front load your lessons. In this way, kids can access lessons at home or while they're independent in the classroom. Meanwhile, you're able to work with other students. Still, PowerPoint has grown a little old for me...and my young students. Smore is another way to deliver instruction so that you're freed up to work with students.
Again, a Smore flier can include text, photos, videos, links, sound clips, etc. Having the whole lesson on one flier that can be accessed from any device makes learning simple. No more downloading PowerPoint presentations or worries about compatibility. Connecting your students to your lesson is as easy as sharing a link!
I've shared two projects below. The first is a project on the Wampanoags done my third grade students. Each group researched their topics connected to the Wampanoags. In the end, they decided how they wanted to share what they learned. Some chose video, some chose audio clip and others chose written text. They loved working with me to produce their part. I was happy with the end product and they loved sharing their work with family near and far. (Unfortunately, the SoundCloud clips associated with this flier are no longer available as I had to make room in my cloud for this year's work! Still, you'll get a good idea of how they can be incorporated.) This Smore flier does show how Vimeo Video can be incorporated into a flier.
The second project is one done by my daughter. Her teacher assigned an immigration/nation project. One of the project options was to create a PowerPoint presentation. Her teacher was flexible and allowed Caroline to use Smore instead. Caroline chose to research England as her dad is part English. Caroline also takes dance where one of her classmates, Charlie, has recently immigrated from England. She loved interviewing Charlie about England and embedding the video.