Product Review: Buncee
11/25/2013 By: David Kapuler
Retail Price: Standard-Free; Plus-$6.99/ month or $59.99/year; Education - $9.99/month or $59.99/year
Buncee is a new site/app for creating presentations, digital stories, and interactive multi-media creations, in a safe educational environment.
Quality and Effectiveness
Buncee is being used by educators in a wide variety of ways, such as writing prompts, digital storytelling, flipping a classroom, and more.
Ease of Use
Buncee has a very easy-to-use drag-n-drop user interface, as well as a step-by-step tutorial that helps users/students create a project. There is even a free mobile iOS app that makes it easy to create a buncee on a mobile device.
Creative Use of Technology
This is where buncee really stands out, as it takes commonplace presentation applications (PPT/Keynote) to the next level. It does this by allowing students/educators to create dynamic presentations on the web and not be limited to one device. Also, a user can record her voice to add a narration that is an effective tool for Guided Learning. Best of all, a “buncee” can be embedded into a site/blog for safely sharing with others.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment
Buncee is an excellent tool for an educational setting. An educational account will allow a teacher to create up to 30 student accounts (that’s ideal for COPPA compliance), as well as a teacher dashboard to assign buncees as well as track/grade student’s progress. Finally, buncee can be used by any educator for any subject or curriculum.
- Web-based: can be used by any type of computer and viewed on any browser0based mobile device
- Educational portal: teacher creates and manages the student accounts (no student email is necessary to sign up)
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.