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Hour of Code, App Smashing & More with Buncee by @Rdene915

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Guest Post by Rachelle Dene Poth

Computer Science Week, December 7th-13th!

There are a lot of great digital tools and technology devices out there that really do help teachers who are creating a blended learning environment, whether or not that was their intention or if it’s just a matter of circumstance. Buncee has been a great choice for my classroom for many years! 

Check out the Hour of Code Templates! 

Students can learn about coding and create something wonderful using one of the 19 templates available to choose from!  Check out each of these templates here. Simply choose one and make it your own! Great way for students to explore coding!

Buncee Templates

And it keeps getting better! There are so many great possibilities for using Buncee in the classroom. Over the last couple of months, there have been some great new features added, including being able to create in augmented reality! This new feature has been great for the students in my STEAM class who have been creating with Buncee all year and are now learning about augmented and virtual reality. Learn more here! There are so many new stickers, animations and 3D objects that it really does make creating a lot of fun. There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating with Buncee and even better, there are other tools that Buncee integrates with!

Buncee + Wakelet App Smash!

Earlier this year, Buncee and Wakelet teamed up which brought a lot of excitement for many educators out there using both of these awesome tools. Now it just got even better! If you have been looking to do some app smashing, now is your chance. There are Wakelet community stickers available from within the media library on Buncee. If you are a fan of Wakelet, now’s your opportunity to combine these fantastic tools and create a Buncee to share with other educators. Check out a few of these examples from Twitter.

Love this one from Ide Koulbanis!

And here is one from Deb Zeman!

Buncee + Flipgrid App Smash!

And don’t just stop there, you can also try some app smashing with using Buncee and Flipgrid in your classroom. Explore the Discovery library and select from some of the many topics, check out SEL, to plan some truly authentic opportunities for students to create and share their learning in a variety of ways. With all of these tools, we can use them to create and share content with our students and provide better ways to engage students in learning.

What I love about these tools is that we can use them in a variety of learning environments, whether in-person, hybrid or fully virtual. They also enable us to work with small groups of students or use them in station rotations for example. 

When it comes to Buncee, students can find exactly what they’re looking for and add in audio or video or any 3D objects, emojis,  animations and more that they choose. 

Another fantastic idea, virtual parent-teacher conferences! Look at this one from Cheryl Graff!

Check Buncee out today and don’t hesitate to reach out to their team with any questions or even take part in their daily live training. They have Buncee 101 on Wednesdays and Fridays and Buncee 102 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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 Five 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.” Her newest book, True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us is now available for preorder. 

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

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