Are you looking for that little bit of creative spark in the last week of term? How can you get your class to sum up their learning experiences with you over the past year in a fun and interesting way?

Scrapbooking is a great way to share your ideas on a subject using your own flare and design, coupled with the opportunity to produce some great content linked to your feelings and moods. The scrapbooking pastime has been around for years, but only in recent years has the technological revolution really brought it onto the scene as the ‘in thing’ in the creative crafts circles. Images, backgrounds, layouts and themes are widely available to download from the internet giving even the most basic of computer users a professional look without too much work.

So, how can this work in your school? Getting your class to share their learning experiences with you over the past year via a digital scrapbook is a very exciting activity that brings together many different learning styles. It will develop their skills in planning & design, as well as teasing out their thoughts and recollections of the topics they have covered over the year, providing a very subtle way of recapping or revisiting areas that may have been forgotten.

I few months ago I found a great piece of free software that is available to produce stunningly professional scrapbooking results. The software is called Smilebox and can be found at http://www.smilebox.com. The online software enables you to print or even email your finished creations, along with the added features of creating invitations, slideshows and collages – perfect for spicing up your class activities, homework tasks, lesson presentations or classroom displays.

Contributed by Jon Tait

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2 responses »

  1. Stacey reay says:

    Whilst my comment has nothing to do with scrapbooking it is related to the last week of term. Teachers should provide their students with feedback forms which will ultimately allow teachers to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked in the class and to change their practice accordingly. After all, there is nothing more powerful that the voices of the students x

    • Anna Wass says:

      Completely agree with you Stacey Reay….it also sends the message to the students that their views and opinions about their own learning is valued and important. An ideal opportunity to get some feedback from your students for the past academic year.
      As for the scrapbooking, love it! Unfortunately, due to a school study visit in the last week of term (on the continent might I add) I won’t be able to use it in the last week. However, I do intend to in the new year. I think students will be enthused by it.

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