When students can create and visualize classroom content, their ability to truly understand and retain the information increases. Creating in the classroom makes room for deeper learning, increases engagement, and can be lots of fun! With creativity being a key 21st century skill, giving an opportunity for students to create in the classroom can aid retention and build college and career ready skills.
Buncee is a fun and easy-to-use digital creation tool that can be used across grade levels. If you haven’t heard of Buncee before, it is a COPPA-compliant creation tool empowering students to take ownership of their work as content creators, while simultaneously developing college and career ready skills.
Creating in the Classroom
You can use Buncee for all kinds of creations and digital storytelling projects in the classroom. Buncee won the American Association of School Librarians’ award as one of the 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning in the category of Digital Storytelling – and this open-ended creation tool can be used across the content areas. Once you dive into the tool, you and your students will have access to a media library with thousands of graphics, video recordings, and audio recordings, along with the option for a web image search. Students have a wide variety of choice in how they’d like to visualize and share their learning.
5 Ways To Use Buncee for Visualization & Retention
Students can create visual representations of vocabulary words using Buncee’s library of stickers, animations, and media tools. You can explore examples of how one classroom used Buncee to gain a deeper understanding of human body vocabulary in this blog on Buncee’s website.
When students can create visuals and orally discuss a math problem, you’ll know they have a deeper understanding of the concepts you’re learning together. Using Buncee’s video and audio recording features, students can easily explain their understanding of a concept. Students can upload a photo of their written out math work and combine it with their voice to explain their thinking. Here’s an example of how a high school math teacher has her students visually explain their math understanding.
Science Theories & Processes
Students can also create Buncees explaining any science theory or process. Buncee has a wide library of science graphics, but you can always upload your own images as well. Check out this Buncee of a visual representation of chemical reactions.
Biographies & Historical Events
Buncee also provides students with access to a wide array of history and geography graphics. Their media library can help teachers and students create dynamic presentations and visual representations of a concept. As students select graphics for their visuals, they’ll have to use what they’ve learned about a topic and apply this knowledge during the creation process. Here is an example of a student explaining the events leading up to the Civil War.
Poetry Memorization & Understanding
Whether you want your students to memorize a poem for a performance, or explain their understanding of a selection of poetry, students can create a visual representation of the poem with Buncee. Depending on the learning goals identified for a group of students, you might ask them to annotate a poem with text or graphic assets from the Buncee media library. Here is an example below of a Buncee representation of the poem Mother Doesn’t Want A Dog by Judith Viorst. Click here to open up the example.
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