How many times have you tried to make something – a poster or flyer – and just felt you weren’t creative/neat/artistic enough? How many times have you felt your handwriting was not nice enough or you just couldn’t draw designs the way you wanted them to turn out? Well fear no more Smore Flyers has the perfect solution when it comes to making flyers. These flyers can be done quickly and can hold lots of information. Students of almost any age can use this cool tool to make flyers, posters, or invitations on almost any topic in the classroom. And then once the flyer is finished students can share these online or print them out and hand them out. No more messy or uncreative flyers or posters in your classroom!
Smore Flyers are so easy to use. Before you can begin you must sign up and create an account but to create an account it’s free and it only takes a few seconds to sign up! There are some some packages you can buy that give you bonuses such as custom backgrounds, monthly emails, priority email support, no Smore branding, and early access to new designs; however, this site is totally usable and comes with great options without any paid for upgrades. If you have more questions on prices there is a pricing page right off of the home page that gives you all the options and what you can do with them. However, while this is an option its not something that you have to do! You can still make fantastic flyers without paying for anything.
Once you sign up, the website gives you a variety of pre-made templates
that you can then choose from. As you can see, in the photo to the right users can choose what kind of flyer or poster that they would like to make, or just start with “other” if they want to completely design it on their own.
Once you choose an option it will bring you to a ready made template where the rest of what you do is up to you. This cool tool gives you the option to change the design of your poster or flyer as well backgrounds, colors, and fonts.
There are usually around five to ten options for each, which some might see as not enough. However, I think it keeps it from being too overwhelming. Plus by keeping the options limited to only five fonts it could be helpful to students who spend too much time on detail as now they don’t have to choose from a thousand different things.
Another great thing about this cool tool is that you can upload all sorts of content to it. Users can add text, pictures, audio, videos, and more! This is helpful for whatever you are making – your options are practically endless to the things you can add to your flyer or poster. This can make school projects more fun because students aren’t limited to just writing or only showing through pictures. Now students can really get to know certain topics by being asked to find all sorts of media to support their ideas and claims.
Once everything is complete, Smore Flyers gives you the option to share what you’ve made in many different ways. You can share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Craigslist, email, direct link or you can just print it out and handout your flyer. You can also view flyers that other people have made with the Featured Flyers page. You can see what other people have done with their flyers to maybe give yourself some ideas or see all of the the options you can choose from.
Below is a Youtube video that explains a little more about how to make something on Smore.
Educators love this site as well. Shana, a former third grade teacher who now writes the blog Enchanted with Technology, writes about cool ways for teachers to integrate technology with their lessons. In her blog post entitled Smore! Flyers, she writes about all the great ways she thinks teachers and students can use this tool in the classroom. Some of her ideas for students consist of making a personal flyer on a character in a book they have been reading or even creating a snapshot of a book they’ve been reading. In that snapshot students could add pictures of the setting, an bio about the author, and add text for a summary. Some of Shana’s other ideas include things teachers can use Smore Flyers for. Shana says teachers can create a classroom newsletter to hand out to students and their parents or even create a syllabus for a class using one of the templates. All of these ideas are fantastic and there is still so much more you can do with this site!
I had so much fun learning about this site that I made a flyer of my own. Below is an example of a flyer that a class could do to show what the students learned about animal adaptations.
To learn more about this site and what you can do with it visit these other online blogs about Smore Flyers.
- Care for Smore? – A blog post about Smore as a helpful teaching tool.
- Librarians on the Fly – Smore -a blog post written by librarians on how to use Smore and great ideas for what you can do with it.
- Create Good Looking Flyers for Any Occasion – A blog post about the many different occasions you can use Smore. It also goes in great depth on how to use it.
Please comment below on your thoughts or ideas on using Smore!