I hadn't ever heard of Buncee until a week ago when I saw a picture of someones computer who was showing off all of their new stickers they got at a conference. I decided to investigate, and I'm glad I did. Overall it is a pretty inexpensive application. It looks to be $10 a month. I have not yet jumped in and purchased it and am only using the 1 month free trial, but I did provide my students their very first chance to play with it today. That's kind of the way I roll. I see something I want to try, and I do, even if I'm not an expert myself. Usually I am not an expert, just excited. I guess part of my feeling is if the tool is too complex for a student to figure out, it probably isn't worth my time. Students are pretty impressive when you give them a chance to explore and try new things.
So what is it? I kind of described it as a souped up Google Drawing. As much as I love Google Drawing, I was excited to see what this web tool had to offer. My students had 30 minutes to create a visual to show what the learned about collisions after our PLTW crash testing. Buncee's features made it easy for students to quickly create, CREATE!, digital products to show their knowledge. I loved that this was entirely them creating innovative projects, not me. My only parameters were 1.Show me a collision, 2. Show me what you learned about what happens in collisions. Buncee made it easy after that. Students picked backgrounds, stickers, drawings and words and set off to work.
I can't wait to see what other products my students will create to show their learning. How can your students be innovative to show theirs?