Sunday, April 29, 2012

Year End Memories - Share Them

Have you ever used Smilebox?
Do you take pictures of your students?
Not a teacher, you will want this for home.
Smilebox  lets you create invitations, collages, slideshows, and scrapbook pages for FREE!!!! 
Read to the end if you are a teacher for a special FREEBIE!
It is so easy to use and there are literally 100's of choices of templates, layouts, music, and pages for your to customize with your own pictures.
I have been using smilebox for years. 
You can easily post your creations to  your website, blog, facebook page, 
or email it to parents of your students.
Great for Year End Memory Book or DVD.
Here are some ways I have used Smilebox.
1. Collages - I snap pictures of students the very first day of school.  Slide the pictures into a collage template and email it to parents after school to ease their jitters. They see the smiles on their child's face at school and know they are having fun.  This is especially great for preschool and kindergarten where mom and dad are letting their babies grow up and go to school.
2. Slideshows - I use this to document project work.  I take pictures throughout the project of students at various stages.  Parents can see their child applying skills, and new learning taking place. 
 I insert the pictures as slides and add text explaining the learning that took place along the way.
3. Scrapbooks - I use scrapbook pages to show pictures from parties, special events, theme days, or to create memory pages. These are pages that can be created from templates that allow you to insert several pictures per page, add text, change colors, change embellishments, and add music.
 Here are some examples of how I used 
Smilebox in my classroom.
Just click on the play button to view. They take less than a minute to download, but they give you an idea on how each creation is different. 

This a sample of a Collage. 
This was done with pictures from the first day of school.
Click to play this Smilebox collage
Create your own collage - Powered by Smilebox
Create your own photo collage

This is a sample of a Slideshow.  
This was project work we did studying floating and sinking.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
This digital slideshow generated with Smilebox

This is a sample of a Scrapbook.
This is the culminating activity for a unit on oceans near the end of the school year.
Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
Create your own scrapbook - Powered by Smilebox
Digital scrapbook customized with Smilebox

Now for the best part. If you are a teacher and want to sign up for Smilebox. Go to  Scroll down to the very bottom of the page, It looks like this.

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Click on Teacher Toolbox. 
 You can register to get the upgraded, Premium version for FREE! 
I did not know this until a few weeks ago.  I always used the free version and it was great. The premium version gives you no ads on your creations that you email. You can also download your own music. You will have access to additional templates. You can also burn DVD's of your creations. A great thing to have for the end of the year memory books or graduation celebrations. 
It may take a few days to get your code once you register. 
 If you have any questions on how to use Smilebox
 please email me or leave me a comment. 
 I am sure you will love Smilebox. It is so easy to use, believe me!


  1. Love this Sandra!! I just found out about Smilebox a few weeks ago but didn't know about the Premium for teachers! Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is an awesome resource! Thanks so much for sharing! I am your newest follower!

  3. Thank you so much for this!! I have seen Smilebox, but have never used it. Great ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. I will have to try this! I am your newest follower! SO close to 100!

    Chickadee Jubilee

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  6. A huge thank you for sharing this information. I am your newest follower. I am new to the bloggy world and love the wonderful resources that other bloggers share.I hope you reach 100.
    Classroom Fun
    PS I made a spelling error before!!