With so many technology tools out there, it is sometimes hard to keep track of them all, much less the various passwords or emails used to access each of the various sites. Last week, I was needing to put together a quick photo presentation of Flat Stanley pictures for some 2nd grade students, and I just wanted something fast, fun, familiar and friendly. And so it was with perfect timing, that Mark Brumley tweeted out his newest blog post, “My Hugely Successful Technology Integration Strategy” in which he shared how he motivates teachers to use technology by creating digital books. I know this stuff! I love this stuff! It is the one of the very first tool-types I had used as a first-year TIS. In our case, we fell in love with Photo Story and Movie Maker to create digital memories for our classes and our families. In his blog, Mark Brumley suggests digital photo book sites such as Mixbook, Picaboo, and Blurb. That rang a bell! Somewhere in time…..at some point….I knew I had made a Mixbook account, and I set out to find it. I had a book to make!
Mixbook is easy to use. Go to the website, create an education account, upload your photos, select a theme, add photos and text, move everything around, and save! You can zoom in on and move pictures and even do a few quick photo edits within the program itself. Pages can be added, easily moved within your book, and everything saves automatically–which I really appreciate! The best thing about Mixbook for educators is that books can be worked on collaboratively and then shared via a link or embedded in a site. This gives teachers many ways to share with students and alternatives for student submissions on completed projects. You also never pay a thing unless you wish to order a completed book. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy project for ….say….after a week of intense testing, Mixbook might be a great choice! Thank you for the reminder, Mark Brumley!
Here is the Flat Stanley book created in Mixbook. Looks like they had a great vacation!