Website review by Common Sense Editor, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2021

Smore

Create and send simple newsletters and flyers

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Grades
1–12
Subjects & Skills
Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

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Pros: Excellent template library can get teachers started quickly.

Cons: Design feels out-dated.

Bottom Line: This is a fast way to fashion basic newsletters and flyers, but isn't quite as flashy as the competition.

Teachers can use the site to create event flyers, newsletters for students or parents, and other documents. To get started, browse the excellent template library featuring a wide variety of inspiring teacher-created templates. Copy and remix them to quickly get started. There's template for announcements, assignments, events, updates, or educational resources like info sheets for students. While Smore is no longer focused on student creation, teachers might invite students to help out with writing and designing newsletters teachers send home to families or flyers and info sheets posted to class sites.

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Smore is a website that lets people design and share their own newsletters, infographics, and flyers. With a free or paid Smore subscription, you can make flyers that serve as newsletters or promote events, products, or services on social media sites or via email. Flyers can also be printed and distributed. Creation is simple: choose from some basic styles and backgrounds, select your color scheme, changes fonts, etc. Click to add content (including media dn files) and edit any text. After content is published, the site offers easy-to-read analytics to help you track how readers are responding to promotional efforts. You can view how many visits a flyer has received that month; whether viewers came from Facebook, email, or other sources; how much time users spent reading the flyer; and more. A map shows where viewers live, and you can also print out an email report. For inspiration, there's a large template library. These templates, created by other uses, can be copied and edited offering a good start for new users or an ongoing source of inspiration. 

The educator version costs $79 and allows for unlimited newsletters. Teachers can send 5,000 emails per month and access analytics.

Smore offers an easy, quick way to create attractive newsletters and flyers. The design options aren't too complex; you can add some extras, like images and video, and change fonts and colors, but the template is fairly simple. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. Most teachers should be able to comfortably use the design tool, and the template library makes it especially easy to just start from the structure someone else laid out. Teachers can use the site to create a class newsletter, or to create resources students can use. There's also great templates for promoting events, making announcements, presenting info, and more. While the design isn't as slick as Canva, Venngage, or Sway, Smore is incredibly functional and will feel friendly to most teachers. The focus is less on making something super slick and more on making something instantly useful. One thing to note is that the free version is limited to three newsletters, so you'll likely need to commit to the paid version to use Smore effectively as a communication tool.

Overall Rating

Engagement

Having creative control and expressing themselves through posters is fun for students. They can comment on flyers, get badges for achievements, and create graphic representations of their knowledge.

Pedagogy

The site doesn't offer much marketing and design instruction. However, students get to practice design and writing, and, if they share their flyer, they can find out what promotional efforts work better than others.

Support

Students won't find in-depth articles on marketing or abundant tips on how to use the site, but the help section includes brief overviews of web analytics. The analytics can help students see the reach of a flyer.


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Rachel M. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, United States
Highly engaging. Students don't even realize that they are practicing writing skills!
This was a fun tool to use! The results look so professional. Smore was a great resource for getting my students to do some writing (without them even realizing it!). As mentioned, we did run into a few students projects being "lost". Two just hadn't saved updated information, but one is completely gone. I contacted Smore support for help on this and have heard nothing back. We were using the free version, and Smore says that support priority is for the paid users. This issue of projects being lost ...
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