If you are a teacher, I recommend you visit Smilebox and sign up for the Teacher's Toolbox program.
Smilebox is a great way to showcase what is happening in your classroom in a very easy way! The teachers who use it at my school LOVE it!
I have started using Smilebox to send out our family Christmas "card" by email to share more than one photo and also help save paper by sending an online greeting rather than sending a card that more than likely will be viewed then thrown in the trash. (see example of my card from last year below)
Here is more information from their website.
The Smilebox Teacher’s Toolbox program is a teacher’s digital companion for creative classroom communication. Teacher’s Toolbox gives teachers at all grade levels an easy and creative way to safely share photos, videos, and classroom updates to students and parents. Smilebox is perfect for:
- parent newsletters and updates
- overviews of teaching units for at-home learning and modeling
- award and merit certificates
- performance and field trip scrapbooks
- classroom activity slideshows
- end-of-year photo albums and yearbooks
- much, much more
Classroom creations can be emailed, posted to a school blog or website, burned to DVD or photo frame, or printed for bulletin boards or backpacks. Parents will experience these learning moments as if they were sitting right alongside their child in class. Your kids will love to see themselves and friends featured in creative multimedia designs set to the music of your choice. You’ll be amazed at how easy Smilebox is to use and how quickly you can share classroom memories.
As a member of the Smilebox Teacher’s Toolbox program, you will receive a FREE annual subscription to our premium Club Smilebox service (a US$39.99 value). The premium service gives you unlimited access to more than 900 Smilebox designs. You can also choose from hundreds of music options or add your own music, email and blog your creations full screen without ads, burn a DVD, and print any page at school, home or at a local retail store. We add new designs each week to keep you supplied with fresh ideas for every holiday, season and special event. You will also receive special offers and a newsletter with great ideas on how to use Smilebox in your classroom.