Have you ever created a classroom newsletter but weren’t too sure how many of the paper copies actually made it home to the parents? Have you ever wanted to create a flyer for a school function but were on a restricted copy count? If you said yes to either, Smore is the answer you have been waiting for.
Smore is an online site where you can quickly create customized flyers. Smore simplifies the process of newsletter creation due to their vast quantity of templates to choose from. In addition, each template’s content, color, background, and font can all be changed to suit your needs. Once your newsletter is complete, delivering your flyer to recipients is easy. You can email, embed, share the link, or post to social media. There are no limits to Smore.
General Disclaimer: Smore.com cannot be combined with marshmallows, chocolate, or graham crackers. In other words, Smore.com is not meant to be eaten.
Go to https://www.smore.com/ and click Start a new flyer. Now you have a couple of decisions to make – Do you start from blank or choose a template? If you choose a template, what category should you select? My suggestion is to click on the News bulletin button because the structure of this template is easy to complete when time is a consideration. From there you will have the opportunity to select from a vast assortment backgrounds and colors.
After clicking the News bulletin button, you will be prompted to enter a Title and subtitle (if applicable). This is a great place to have a catchy title along with date of issue.
From there, populate each subsequent field with content. To accomplish this, simply click each field to edit.
Continue populating each field of the newsletter with information that helps promote your message. At any point you can add more fields, change the order of fields, or delete unused fields as necessary. That’s the beauty of the Smore Newsletter – it can be personalized to fit your needs.
Changing The Template
Maybe you would like a seasonal theme or an educational theme, no matter what your preference is Smore has a template right for you. Previewing themes is super easy. As you click on a thumbnail of a possible selection, the entire newsletter template changes so you can immediately preview it. Change the template as many times as you would like until you get it right!
Ready to share?
First, let’s get out of editing mode. Time to click Done Editing.
Now you are ready to share this newsletter by email. You can either send this newsletter to specific individuals or you can send an email to large groups.
After successfully sending your newsletter by email, you now have the option to post your newsletter on social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
Simply click where you would like to post your newsletter, confirm the post, click OK. (Note: In order to post successfully using one of the above services, you must first have an account with that site.).
Why It Matters (Teaching Rubric)
Smore is aligned with Domain 4: Collaboration and Professional Responsibilities, Competency 4.1: Collaboration with Colleagues. Smore is also aligned with Competency 4.4: Stakeholder Engagement and Communications.
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