What it is: Smile Box is a free application that I love. The scrapbooker in me loves Smile Box for all of the digital scrapbooking qualities. The teacher in me loves all of the classroom applications that Smile Box could be used for. Smile Box is a free software that lets students combine photos, videos, and music into one amazing multimedia presentation. Smile Box used to only be available for PC’s but now have a Mac version that is outstanding. The Mac version integrates seamlessly with iPhoto and iTunes without any additional plugins! Students can choose from over 700 design templates to use as a base to combine media. The final Smile Box project can be embedded in a blog, sent via email, or printed.
How to integrate Smile Box into the classroom: Smile Box has many classroom applications. The software is a great place for students to do some digital storytelling combining pictures, podcasts, and video. Students could create a weekly paper about the happenings in your classroom, a memory book for each student for the end of the year, etc. Smile Box is also a great place for students to make Mothers/Fathers day cards, Christmas cards, Happy Thanksgiving greeting, etc. Students can also use Smile Box to create rich content reports. For example, instead of writing a paragraph about what they learned while studying about Russia, students could create a media rich postcard about Russia.
Tips: Smile Box is simple to use and very intuitive. Students will love creating with
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