Teacher Review For Smore

Easy to use but be cautious using with students

Dianne J.
Media specialist/librarian
Maclay School
Tallahassee, FL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 2
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Be sure to check the usage requirements because although they show 1st graders using the tool, it is intended for users aged 13 and up. Also, you need to be clear about using advanced privacy settings. We are finding this is better use with teachers and high school students. There is no filter to keep students from inappropriate and non-educational flyers. A simple flyer web tool can be a great infographic for students and teachers, and I can certainly see multiple uses in all curricular areas. However, the lack of appropriate filters and usage age limits will make a good teacher look further to tools such as Glogster and Easel.ly.
My Take
I would probably use Glogster if my school had a premium educator account. If you have iPads, you can use the flyer in Pages, as well. The limitations of this tool far out weights its benefit in the classroom. If you just want to create exciting flyers to email home to families, then I would certainly recommend this tool. But not for student-driven work.