Common Sense Review
Updated May 2014


Great kid-friendly tool for research and multimedia slideshow creation
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Common Sense Rating 4
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  • On the landing page, kids sign up, sign in, or start learning how Biteslide works.
  • Kids and teachers can review and revise work on the slidebook review screen.
  • The student dashboard allows kids to see their own projects, view other kids' slidebooks, and navigate to edit their own.
  • Search for images and video, add text, change display elements, add collaborators, and mark a slideshow ready for review on the slidebook edit screen.
  • Teachers manage students projects, invite them to create accounts, or register with a unique code to review students' work on the teacher dashboard.
Accessible and easy to use, the multiple-editor option allows for collaborative projects and slideshows.
Kids can't create their own drawings, video, or audio content within the tool.
Bottom Line
Engaging presentation tool allows teachers, individual students, and collaborative groups to create effective multimedia presentations.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Kids will enjoy searching for images and videos as they create their own presentations with this fun tool. A drawing board, allowing kids to create their own visual content, would be a nice addition.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

This online tool can be a powerful way for kids to demonstrate learning, although depth of learning will depend on how it's used. Kids can also learn some tech skills through the creation process.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The site provides helpful how-to guides and videos. Although it lacks an inspirational usage guide, a related blog helps with ideas for use in the classroom. Navigation is user-friendly and highly accessible.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

The opportunities provided by this open-ended digital creation tool are limited only by your (or your students') imagination. Before staritng, visit Biteslide's blog to see examples of kids' creations and read about how others have used the site. Slidebooks can be a great way for kids to present individual or group research projects: Kids might detail the steps and results of a science experiment, describe a history investigation with images, or explain the process for solving a math problem.

Because kids can work together on a single slidebook, teachers can assign work to individuals or small groups, or even make a class slidebook documenting a particularly long-term class project. Teachers can also use slidebooks as a form of digital portfolio: Take pictures of projects, artwork, or other creations, or take video of kids explaining what they've done, and document each in a slide. At the end of the year (or semester), kids can look back on what they've accomplished, or teachers can use the portfolio to assess kids' progress. Print slidebooks to give kids a keepsake of what they've created.

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What's It Like?

With Biteslide, students can create digital slideshows using text, photos, and video clips. Once teachers create their own accounts, they can add students and assign projects. Teachers can make a "slidebook" (slideshow) template for students to copy and customize, or provide general instructions and give students free reign. Kids then sign in with a unique username and password and create their slidebooks.

Kids can search for images or video on Google or YouTube from their classroom computers -- a custom search tool is embedded in the slidebook creation screen. Kids can also customize the design of their slides, as well as add "editors" to allow for collaboration with other kids. Finished slidebooks can be downloaded or printed, and kids can mark their slidebooks "ready for review." A limited number of student accounts and projects, and unlimited slidebooks, are available with a free teacher account. Other paid subscription levels offer more options. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Biteslide's easy-to-use creation tool can adapt to a variety of subjects and ages. Essentially, it's a kids' version of PowerPoint that students can use to present ideas, organize thoughts, or demonstrate what they've learned. The power in this tool comes from the opportunities for creative expression it offers kids. 

The site provides solid support videos and tips, but little inspiration. There is, however, an accompanying blog that features helpful articles and ideas for use. After an initial period of orientation, most kids will find it easy to get started. One of the site's better options is the ability to allow multiple "editors," so kids can work together to create a single project. Having the Google and YouTube search engines accessible during the creation process is also a helpful feature. (Searches seem to be limited to prevent inappropriate results; nevertheless, teachers should be aware that these are still open search tools.) The addition of a drawing tool, or the option for kids to add their own audio, would add even more versatility to the tool.

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