In the techie world we live in, there are endless possibilities to what teachers and students can do to liven up a presentation!  Today, I would like to share with you Blendspace.

Blendspace is an online presentation application, formerly known as Edcanvas.  I personally love the new name because it really describes what a user can do – blend different things together to make a very creative presentation.

Create an Account

You will first want to create an account.

  1. Go to BlendSpace
  2. Click on the blue Sign Up button
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  3. Who are you?
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  4. Choose I’m a Teacher
  5. Follow the steps to creating your account

Now you are ready to start.  If you plan to use this as a classroom tool you can setup classes on your account and pass the class code out to students.  Once you have successfully created your account and logged in you should see a screen similar to this:

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Create a Class

To create a class – just click on Classes.  You will then see:

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Choose the grade level and name your class.  Once the class is created you will receive a class code to give to your students.  Students will create their accounts exactly like you but they will choose I’m a student and when prompted will enter your class code.

Now that you have all the “business” out of the way you can start creating lessons.  Blendspace calls all the creations lessons.  These lessons can be created in your account and also shared with specific classes that you have created.

** When students are creating a lesson for your class, make sure they select the class when the first begin creating.  ** 

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Create a Lesson

Let’s walk through creating a lesson and all the features of Blendspace.

Click on New Lesson – the next window will be

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The parts of a Blendspace lesson:
  • Templates:  There are five templates to choose from
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  • Themes:  Two color themes.  The only color that changes is the color behind each section heading.  (Dark or colors)
  • Play:  This is the feature you will use will presenting your Blendspace lesson.
  • Print:  If you choose to print your lesson.

What can you put in your Blendspace lesson and how?  What is awesome about Blendspace is you can search YouTube, Google, Educreations and more right in your Blendspace lesson template!  You can also connect your Dropbox account and your Google Drive account!  Your options are:  Create your own Text or Quiz, YouTube, Google Search (website or image), Vimeo, Flickr, Educreations, Gooru, Website link/embed code, Upload your own media file, files from Dropbox or Google Drive, or insert a Bookmark.

To search for what you are looking for, first select what you want to insert (example – YouTube), then type in a search word.  I am creating a Blendspace lesson on Halloween so I searched Halloween kids songs.

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Now I just simply click on the video I want (I can preview it right in the search box before using it, too) and drag it to the spot I want to place it.

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*** To add additional rows to your lesson, click on Add Row underneath the lesson template:

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Share Your Lesson

Now – once you have gotten everything you want placed onto your Blendspace lesson it is time to share it.  If you created it for your class you will share as follows:
Click on Share in the top right corner and a new window will pop up.
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For your class – click on the class you want to share it with.

For others – you can share via Edmodo, Facebook, Twitter, email, grab an embed code for your blog or website or share the QR code with anyone!

Happy Blending!!

 

Additional online presentation tools:

Your Challenge

Check out Blendspace or another presentation tool on the list.   Share your most creative uses of online presentation tools that you have for your class.  If you use another tool that is not on the list please feel free to share it.  We like links, so if you have some you could cough up we’d love it!

 

92 COMMENTS

  1. You can even put quizzes in! The thing I love the most is that you can sign up with a google account which our kids already have. I thought it was super easy. I did it from my iPad so I was slightly limited but even still. This would be great for pd, another place teachers can go for resources. I made a quick one to intro persuasive writing and for process writing. The videos already loaded are fun.

    Tis could really help model the gradual release and the fact that your lesson would move very fluidly. Tall about maximizing instruction time!!

  2. You can also search the Blendspace gallery for public lessons! There are alot of great lessons that have been developed!

    • I love the Blendspace lesson you created! Blendspace is probably my favorite web presentation tool! I’m glad you enjoyed working with it!

  3. Blendspace seems to be a great way to haave my English students present persuasive essays as multimedia projects. Students can blend elements to help “persuade” their readers. Think of the animal commericial with that sad song “In The Arms of An Angel.” Students can add music, video clips, and items to enhance their written portion. If they were trying to convince people to vote for a certain person, they could include sound bits or speeches from both candidates highlight positive and negitive aspects. A cool way to eaisly turn a persuasive essay into a multi-media project.

  4. Like Miranda, my students will be starting on biographies next week and I would love to introduce this tool to them before they present their “person” to the class. I know my students enjoy making Prezi’s but I also know after a few presentations from the first quarter, some of them are getting bored with Prezi! I cant wait to play around with this site over the weekend so I can debut a unique presentation resource like blendspace to the class.

  5. This seems like a really great and innovative resource for our students. I am a fan of ActivInspire with the Promethean boards but I believe blendspace will be a really fun and engaging resource as well! I can’t wait to spend more time exploring this great resource!

  6. I think Blendspace is going to be a great resource. My students are getting ready to start biographies and I think this will be a great presentation tool. I think they will enjoy having the YouTube site right there and I think they will have fun with the presentation itself.

    I typically use Prezi and I know they enjoy that as well, but I think this gives them another option.

  7. Prezi is a good site as well. I’m a fan of Google Presentations because the kids can work together in real time. I’ve used that feature in some of my English classes.

    There are so many options on Blendspace. I’m really impressed with the intuitiveness of the site and its ease of use. Next time I create a presentation, I’ll use this site. I like having my Google Drive linked to it; I save all of my files on Drive so I can access them from home and from school. Now I can just drop anything straight into the presentation. Awesome site!

  8. I’ve seen and used Prezi before which is another great presentation site! I’ll explore blendspace some more too as I like the capabilities it has to display and incorporate different file types in the presentation.

      • Teaching study skills, reviews for tests, and mini lessons. I used Prezi for my parent open house this year and will for team meetings. Prezi has been used a lot for our professional development meetings the past couple years going through the schedule and different topics we are needing to discuss. PowerPoint works but certainly not as cutting edge as these newer web based presentation tools.

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