Showing posts with label Magazine Publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magazine Publishing. Show all posts

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Big Huge Labs - Create Posters, Magazines, and More

Big Huge Labs has been around for years, but it's worth sharing again for those that aren't familiar with it. Big Huge Labs provides an array of tools for showcasing your digital images in the form of a magazine cover, a poster, a puzzle, and many other forms. Using Big Huge Labs does not require any registration and you can download copies of your creations without creating an account. That said, they do offer you the option to create an account in which you can save your work. I used the magazine cover template to create a cover featuring myself and Jeff Utecht talking at NECC 2009.

Applications for Education
There are a lot of ways that educators and students could use the free products offered by Big Huge Labs. The magazine cover generator could be used by students as the cover page to a biography or autobiography writing assignment. The poster templates could be used to create posters about classroom rules. The badge template could be useful for the first days of school for students and teachers to learn each other's names and express some personality at the same time.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Yudu - Publish Your PDFs as Online Magazines

Since I released Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration last week, I've received about a dozen emails inquiring about how I published it. I published the guide using Yudu. Yudu is a free service that allows you to upload PDF, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files to create online magazines. The page turning effect and the zoom options are all built into the technology of Yudu and automatically activated. When your Yudu online magazine is created you can embed it into a blog, wiki, or website.

Applications for Education
Yudu makes it easy for you and your students to take the Word, PDF, and Powerpoint files and turn them into visually appealing online magazines. Yudu could be a good option for publishing visually appealing PTA newsletters or creating an online magazine about your classroom.

If you're in the habit of posting links to documents or lecture outlines, you may want to consider transferring them to Yudu online magazines and embedding them into your class blog. By posting an online magazine in your blog rather than a link to a file, your students may be more likely to view the material as it removes the requirement to download or open files.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

OpenZine - Collaborative Magazine Creation

OpenZine takes the idea of group blogging and applies to an online magazine format. Just as with group blogging, someone starts the project then invites others to participate. OpenZine offers a wide variety of layout options some all of which include articles and pictures, and some templates include video options.

Applications for Education
One of the more appealing features of OpenZine's templates is the ability to put multiple articles above the "fold" of the browser window. This gives more students the chance to have their work noticed by their peers and other visitors than in a typical vertical organization of entries. OpenZine would be a great tool for students to use to create a group magazine about a particular research topic. You could also use OpenZine to have students create a literary journal.

OpenZine's user interface takes a little time to understand. If your students have never created content online, I wouldn't recommend starting with OpenZine. However, if you have middle school or high school students that are comfortable using blogging platforms, they shouldn't have any trouble learning to use OpenZine.