Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch

A way of sharing classroom activities

on September 22, 2013

Smilebox is one of the tools I use to share classroom activities with families.  The children love to see themselves in the videos.  I often wish I could do more editing of photos in Smilebox.  I usually create the presentation myself at home on the weekend.  I would like to expand my practice by involving children in the picture taking process and by having them contribute to the caption writing process.     Has anyone used this tool or a similar tools in their classroom?

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5 responses to “A way of sharing classroom activities

  1. Hi Jackie,
    My wife is a Pre-k teacher for Regina Catholic Schools. All of our Pre-K teachers have Smilebox accounts and use the service as one form of communication for parents. She put together a Smilebox for each student after the first day of school this year. Because a number of her students have recently moved to Canada, many family members and grandparents live in different countries. Smilebox gives them a chance to feel connected when far away. Sounds like you have some good ideas for involving the students in the creation process. Smilebox also allows you to attach your own audio. I helped my wife record her students performing a song last year and we attached that as the background audio for one of her Smilebox presentations.

  2. Dean, I think that it is awesome that Regina Catholic Schools provides these accounts for their Pre-K teachers. I also find Smilemaker is a wonderful for of communication for many of my families who are new to Canada. Thanks for the comment.

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  4. We absolutely love smilebox, and we use it for everything! We love the slideshows, which we try to send to parents at the end of each month, and the scrapbooks, which we print and keep in the classroom for the children to look at, but one of our favorite things has been the photo collages, which make great simple gifts for holidays – we’ve used them for Mother’s day, Father’s day, Christmas, and Valentines day. This could not be a better tool!

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