Common Sense Review
Updated April 2014

Buncee for Education

Solid yet unexceptional slideshow tool could offer more instruction
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • The Buncee interface walks students through the creation process step by step.
  • Choose from a library of background images to customize presentations.
  • Share presentations to social media (or via email) with one click.
  • Upgrade to a Plus subscription for the teacher dashboard; create class groups and grade assignments online.
The simple interface makes assembling multimedia presentations a breeze.
A free account is limited to two slides, and doesn't include the teacher dashboard; the paid upgrade is more expensive than comparable tools.
Bottom Line
A straightforward presentation-making tool with solid yet unexceptional features.
Amanda Finkelberg
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

An attractive, easy-to-use interface may help get kids more engaged in the process of creating presentations. Customizing colors, images, and text will help kids take ownership of the projects they create.

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

Students can learn valuable presentation and communication skills. Teachers can create customized lessons for flipped instruction or multimedia assignments. However, to be more useful, the library's content could use some fleshing out.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

The creation tool is pretty simple to use. There's an FAQ section and an easy-to-find customer support button at the bottom of every screen. More support for differentiation would increase accessibility.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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 BunceeEDU Plus account, teachers could create a “classroom” through the dashboard. This allows teachers to create, accept, grade and comment on students' assignments. Although the site has an Educational Resources library, the content quality there is hit-or-miss and the library is difficult to search.

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 the visual resources can enhance, not overpower, their projects.

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What's It Like?

Buncee for Education is the academic arm of the Buncee body of presentation creation tools. The site offers simple, free-to-try tools for creating slideshows that can be shared on the Web. The Buncee for Education creator has a simple interface to help students create slideshows easily. Students start by naming the Buncee, then working through the menus to add content in the slides.

A free-to-try account allows presentations with a maximum of two slides, while the paid option offers the full experience. An image library includes graphics and photographs to help students customize their presentations. 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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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. It would be nice if Buncee included some support and directions to teach clear communication. A tutorial to instruct and guide students would be a nice touch -- anything to support the process of creating a well-designed presentation.

For teachers, Buncee simplifies the process of creating slides and slideshows, but the task of designing and assembling quality instructional materials remains. As many of the images are fairly graphic-heavy, teachers should also be mindful of good design technique to avoid overcrowded slides.

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