Last week I highlighted some great work being done by students who were summarizing their understandings by building an online poster through Glogster.com. As I was chatting with a teacher about this resource, it became obvious that, for her purposes, a Glog didn’t provide the space needed for students to accurately represent all that they have learned. In Kristin and Jody’s case, they turned to Moodle for an answer to this problem. The glogs were only a piece of how students demonstrated that they had understood the unit’s objectives.
But what if there were a product that could provide that additional space? Enter SimpleBooklet.com . SimpleBooklet provides a space for students and teachers to create booklets, banners, postcards, etc. that live online, but can also be printed out. Here’s a quick overview of the features:
SimpleBooklet’s interface is very user-friendly, and ‘booklets’ can be viewed on any internet-enabled device — PCs, tablets, or phones. Elements are added in a drag-and-drop interface and can be resized easily, just like Glogster. What’s different? One word: pages.
A user can add as many pages as necessary, and include all types of media into those pages with a click of a button. Students or their teachers can quickly build a booklet that includes not only pictures and text, but also links, music, videos, surveys, websites, presentations and anything else that generates an “embed code”. This means that student products can include a larger amount of text, and that text can be used to both describe and analyze a number of media sources.
A few possible classroom uses:
Using SimpleBooklet, students might create …
- a repository of research links (think “online notecards” here) that includes not only results from database searches, but also related multimedia from YouTube, presentations from SlideShare, and full websites with relevant information
- webquests for their peers or younger learners. For each website selected, participants are asked increasingly complex questions that result in a product of some kind. Questions can even be embedded into the ‘booklet’ by using Google Forms.
- a point-counterpoint resource that represents both sides of a current or historical event, with a student’s personal reflection at the end.
- a gallery of media represents his or her chosen topic or theme.
- a persuasive advertisement for a book, social issue, or significant figure.
- an informative circular on a geographical region, mathematical process, or grammar point.
- many more analytical or descriptive projects.
For additional inspiration, and a look at a number of different media available in a booklet, click the “portfolio” below, and check back in a few days, when I get my own booklet up and running:
Looking to expand the online canvas where students display their understandings? SimpleBooklet.com might do the job quite well.