Apps to use in our LMS: buncee

January 18, 2015

PowerSchool Learning, formerly Haiku Learning, is a learning management system where educators can use various tools and apps from the internet as part of their teaching and instruction programs. There are over fifty apps inside our LMS that enable teachers to embed the web into assignments. This posts reviews buncee, one of the apps inside our LMS.

What is buncee?

From their site: buncee “is your creation and presentation tool, simplified. It’s a fun and easy to use web-based tool that’s been helping students & educators across the world create and learn — both within and outside of the classroom…buncee enables you to easily bring together all kinds of content (buncee artwork, photos, videos, drawings, audio, and links) onto one digital canvas, making a cloud-based, shareable creation.”

In PowerSchool Learning: Use Embed the Web to embed any buncee presentation easily into a page in your Class or WikiProject. Scroll through slides and watch as animations, embedded video and audio play right inside the embedded block. It’s pretty elegant, pretty seamless, and pretty good looking to boot!

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A buncee embedded into a content block in Haiku Learning.

Quick Facts

How do I get the embed code?

Check out the Share area of buncee when viewing any presentation to see some helpful sharing options! From there, select the Code tab and copy the embed code that’s provided. Don’t worry too much about the size of the embed because buncee is super responsive, and will adjust well to pretty much any column size in PowerSchool Learning!

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How to get the embed code for buncee.

Why should I try it?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking…another presentation tool? We can’t get enough of ’em over here at PowerSchool Learning, can we? It’s true. We’re a little addicted, but I promise that buncee is worth checking out. These guys are crafting an elegant tool, and will not disappoint! Plus, they’re really, really nice…we met them at ISTE and hit it off, fast.

So what makes buncee so awesome? Maybe it’s their silly-easy “Click here to add a new item!” button that reminds me of home. Or, it could be the sheer variety of items you can add to your slides: text, lists, images, recorded audio, embedded YouTube videos (check, check, check, check!), but also custom QR codes, hand drawings, and stickers and animations pulled from their robust library of adorable, school-friendly items.

Or maybe I have a soft spot for tools that play well with others, and smile anytime I see options to add Vimeo, SoundCloud, Dropbox, and content from our friends at Gooru Learning just as easily as a simple image from the web.

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Check out all the different items you can choose from inside of buncee!

Can we talk for a moment about that art style, too? Do a quick search for robot stickers in buncee, and you’ll get what I mean. Their default backgrounds, layouts, and color palette feel modern but also education-savvy. I have a feeling students and teachers (and some children’s book illustrators, too!) will find it is easy to make slides that are interactive and look good, fast.

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Here’s what showed up after my search for robot stickers in buncee!

Be sure to check out the buncee gallery for some great example decks, and this YouTube video for a super-quick walkthrough of creating a buncee!

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