Teachers could use Buncee for Education in place of other presentation software (like PowerPoint) to help students assemble online multimedia projects. With an upgrade to a Buncee Plus account, teachers could create a “classroom” through the dashboard. This allows teachers to create, accept, grade, and comment on students' assignments. The site has an Educational Resources library, and once projects are completed, they can be downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs, shared via email or QR code, or embedded into a blog. Buncee can also be integrated into Google Classroom.
When assigning projects to students, teachers should be clear about their content and design expectations. Provide examples, modeling, and scaffolding to help support students' creation. Within the tool, give students limits so that the visual resources enhance, rather than overpower, their projects.Continue reading Show less
Buncee for Education is the academic arm of the Buncee body of presentation creation tools. The site (iOS and Chrome app, too!) offers simple, free-to-try tools for creating slide shows that can be shared on the web. The Buncee for Education creator has a simple interface to help students create slide shows easily. Students start by naming the project, or Buncee, and then work through the menus to add content in the slides.
An image library includes graphics and photographs to help students customize their presentations, as well as images from the web. Buncee allows photos to be uploaded or linked from publicly shared social media sites, though this functionality may depend on a school's content filtering restrictions. Free accounts can add YouTube or Soundcloud links; a handy toolbar searches both sites from within the Buncee creator. Upgrading to the Pro account gives access to a teacher dashboard.
Like any presentation, a Buncee will only be as good as the content it contains. The creation tool here is relatively easy for students to use -- they'll love making customized multimedia projects. However, an abundance of visual options could lead to poorly designed or cluttered presentations. Buncee offers many add-ons that students could use in their presentation: text, animation, video, recording, stickers, lists, drawings, quizzes, QR codes, etc. The list is pretty long and can help customize a presentation, making each student's work unique.
For teachers and students, Buncee simplifies the process of creating slides and slide shows, but users should also be mindful of good design technique to avoid overcrowded slides.
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.