Teacher Review For Smore

Great visual summary of information!

Anna S.
Technology coordinator
Mt. San Jacinto College
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this tool at the end of a database design unit. Students are asked to create an informational poster based on the prompt: "Imagine that someone who knows nothing about database software is trying to learn from your poster - what would you tell them about queries and table design?" They are instructed to include examples of the different types of queries, logical operators, and table design rules (using screen clips), why these items are important to ensuring quality data, and any other information that they think is important from the tutorial.
My Take
I love the easy to use interface and quick options for layouts. Having a simple interface allows students to focus on adding content that is relevant instead of focusing on all the "cool options." I used to use a much more complicated "ePoster" website with my students, but there was a huge learning curve and many times my students would be so frustrated with the technology, they would give up on creating content. With Smore, the learning curve for students is very low, and they can be adding content in no time. Great for end of unit summary activities, or for information sharing.