Guest Post by Rachelle Dene Poth
As a Spanish and a STEAM teacher, I enjoy using a lot of different technologies in my classroom. Over the past couple of years, one tool that we have used a lot is Buncee. What I love about Buncee is that there really are endless possibilities for what educators and our students can create. Over the past five years, I’ve used it to make newsletters, signs for my classroom, interactive lessons, social media graphics, greeting cards, presentations, and so much more.
My students have relied on it for their project-based learning, class presentations in Spanish and for cross-curricular collaborations between my eighth grade STEAM class. Beyond our class uses, my students have even used it to make their own greetings cards, bookmarks and flyers for their own personal use.
With Buncee there is definitely something for everybody and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it adds something else new and exciting and takes it to a whole new level. Buncee now has augmented reality available on the iOS app! How awesome is that! The timing couldn’t be any better as my students in my STEAM course have been learning about Buncee for the past few weeks. We spent time creating business cards and flyers, as we discussed entrepreneurship and participated in Global Maker Day. Students created their own business and I enjoyed sharing some of the business cards and flyers.
Augmented & Virtual Reality with Buncee
The next topic we started just so happened to be augmented and virtual reality! Finding out that we could keep learning and creating with Buncee was just what we needed.
For anyone who’s looking to learn about augmented reality, this is definitely a great way to get started. You can create a Buncee and add animations, emojis, stickers, messages and tell a story right in your own space. Students can have fun creating something more engaging and learn about emerging technologies.
Whether you are learning in the classroom or remotely, this is definitely something that will work well! Students will have fun creating with and it would be a great option for teachers to use to welcome students into their classroom space.
Here are some fun ideas to try out:
- Ask students to create a greeting for family and friends.
- Have students summarize a book that they are reading by creating an AR experience
- Create a scene based on something they are learning in math or science, which makes it better to be able to interact with the content.
Encourage students to create something based on their own interests! Maybe they are interested in animals and would like to see what it’s like having animals in their home. Or perhaps they can create a festive holiday scene, or maybe even an augmented reality birthday party for a friend or family member!
There are so many ways that we can use Buncee AR in our classrooms to give students a different way to create and share their learning. We will bring stories to life with Buncee AR and also it will help all of us to better understand emerging technologies like augmented reality and provide a fun way for everybody to get started and explore together! See what you can create to teach a lesson to your students and have fun seeing what they create too!
Check out this video from Buncee that shows all of their fun creations! And for more fun, get involved in the Global Write! Like my students, have your students become entrepreneurs and market their own business!
About the Author
Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is a Consultant and Speaker, owner of ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting. She is an ISTE Certified Educator and currently serves as the past -president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. At ISTE19, she received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. She is also a Buncee Ambassador, Nearpod PioNear and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
Rachelle is the author of four books, ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” (EduMatch) and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s latest book is with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World.” Rachelle is a blogger for Getting Smart, Defined Learning, District Administration, NEO LMS, and the STEM Informer with Newsweek.
Follow Rachelle on Twitter @Rdene915 and on Instagram @Rdene915. Rachelle has a podcast, ThriveinEDU https://anchor.fm/rdene915.