Saturday, July 15, 2017

Create Back-To-School Invites With Buncee....And See Who Is Coming!

As we start to think about going back to school, we also start to think about how to engage our parents and students....and get them excited about another wonderful school year.

I always did something special on Back-To-School Night in the library to pair up with the awesome things the teachers were planning in their classrooms too.

In fact, this is one of my favorite things to do with my own children as we start a new school year too.  I loved seeing what the teachers planned, what special things they created for my children to make them feel at school.  It was truly a reflection of how the year was going to be.

This year as you prepare for Back-to-School Night, create an invite using Buncee!

With Buncee, you can create an one of a kind invitation that will show your excitement and get families excited about the new school year too. 

And guess what? I have some great news!  Our friends at Buncee have added an RSVP feature to their amazing digital tool which allows us to send an RSVP attached to a Buncee invite we create.  

Let me show you how!  
Once you have your Buncee invite created, you will click on the Share button in the right hand corner.  

You can see the Library Open House Back-To-School Invite Buncee I created here.  
And just a little tip...As you are creating school and library type Buncee's, there are TONS of backgrounds, stickers and animations in the Education and Library sections of Buncee. 
There are lots of ways to share a Buncee including by HTML code, email, on social media and now through an RSVP.

You will click on RSVP...
...and then on Create RSVP.  
It will bring up the RSVP Template that lets you fill in all of the details.
Once you have the details filled out, you can send it to Recipients through...
an Address List or CSV Import.  
I added my email address to show you how this will look.
I received an email to say I received a RSVP to the Summer Workshop.
When I clicked on the Buncee in the envelope it opened up....
...onto the page to share the invite and RSVP information including a place to respond and leave a comment.
As the person who created the Buncee RSVP, I can check the RSVP Status by going to Share again and clicking on RSVP.
This shows me who responded and if any comments were made.

 Here is a wonderful example of a Back-to-School Night Buncee my friend created for her school.
As you can see, this will definitely get their attention!
You could also Record a Video to include in your Back-To-School Buncee too!

This would be a nice way for students, especially younger students, to see their teachers before they went.  It will ease the anxiety and make this invite even more meaningful.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, friends and as you are preparing for Back-To-School Night, Library Open Houses and other events this fall, jump into Buncee and see what you can create for your students, families, teachers and others too.

Create A Total Eclipse Activity With Buncee!

As we plan for our road trip to see the total eclipse on August 21, I was thinking it would be fun to create a Buncee highlighting the event.  

You can too! 
Meagan created an Eclipse sticker in Buncee this week that we can all use.  

You will want to use it on a dark background for it to have the effect of a total eclipse.  For this Buncee, I also added a shadow over the hills and background. 

As Hagan, Eric and I travel three hours south of our home in Iowa to see the total eclipse on that day, we could create a journal, an informational poster, a photo album and even a Buncee with a recording of the eclipse.  It will be fun to share our eclipse creations too. 
For more ideas, apps, websites, books and other eclipse resources, check out this post from my blog

Friday, July 14, 2017

Create Your Very Own Coloring Pages With This!

It is so fun seeing coloring become such a wonderful community in libraries, classroom, public spaces and homes.  It brings people and families together through an artistic activity and conversation.

As we bring different types of coloring materials and experiences to our students, we look for a variety of unique options too.

I found one that will let you create personalized coloring sheets in just a few steps.   
It is called Coloring Pages Maker

You can pick from a variety of templates they have or even upload your own image.
 Once you select your template, you type in what you want it to say and select a font type.  
When you are finished, you can preview, add more captions, download and print.
I love how it printed!  It was so much fun to color.
I also found one where I created a question for the caption.  This makes coloring thought provoking.  

You could tie it into different areas of the curriculum, events, holidays and so much more. 
I can't wait to see what all of you create with Coloring Pages Maker.  Please share the creations with all of us.