This is a brief post and shameless plug for a product that I have praised over the last year or so. Buncee is an interactive presentation tool that can be accessed for free online. After using the free version for professional flyers and a teaching tool, I finally made the decision to purchase the classroom version to use in the library. It cost about $200 and I have enough accounts for all students in grades 4 and 5 at the moment.
Over the course of two weeks, I have helped students create their accounts (I probably could have done this as an import, but chose to have them set it up), learn the basics of choosing backgrounds, stickers, animations, etc., and I let them play around with the fun stuff like fidget spinners and slime. It has been a marvelously fun time and the teachers have been raving about it too!
The point has been to teach the kids how to use the tool in hopes of assigning them some cool library projects to complete with it. Enter monsters. I will be doing a blog post later today about my "Not-so-Scary Library" lessons for the month of October. For the 5th graders, they will be using Buncee to present research on monsters. I will save that project for a detailed post later, but just needed to share with you (and document for myself) that teaching Buncee was a two week process that proceeded the monstrously fun project.
If you've never used Buncee, I encourage you to give it a try! It is so flexible and you can totally get by with the free version for yourself. If you want to be able to give assignments and have students submit them, then look into the classroom version on their website. Also follow them HERE on Twitter. They are super supportive of classroom teachers and librarians. And if you are in the Northwest Georgia area on October 21, 2017, you could attend EdCamp Whitfield and hear about Buncee from me! I'll be sharing the tool that day.....and it is totally FREE to attend.
Like I said....shameless plug.
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