Showing posts with label Yudu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yudu. Show all posts

Saturday, November 14, 2009

6 Ways for Students to Publish Their Writing Online

In the course of a school year, most teachers will have students produce written content that they think should be shared with other readers. Other times teachers create writing projects with the goal of having students share their work publicly. The web offers many ways to publish written work, the following are six of my favorite free options.

Google Docs and Zoho Writer are the probably the simplest tools for publishing written work to the web. In both cases you can create and share all of your works without leaving the program. Google Docs allows to publish your documents as a webpage. You can then email url or post the url on your blog or website. Zoho Writer provides an extra option which generates an embed code for your documents. Using the embed code will allow people to read your documents without having to leave your blog or website. By the way, if you're not familiar with Zoho Writer check out the video included in this post.

Scribd and DocStoc are similar services that can best be described as YouTube for documents. You cannot create documents within either service rather you have to upload documents created with your preferred word processing program. Both services accept all of the common Microsoft formats, Open Office and Neo Office formats, and PDFs. Once you've uploaded your document it will be assigned a url and given an embed code. You can use the embed code to feature your documents on your blog or website. You can see how I've used DocStoc in the past by checking out this post.

If your students do any projects involving newsletter or magazine creation, you owe to them to check out Yudu and Issuu. Both services allow users to turn their static documents into page-turning online documents. To use the services simply upload your documents and select the visual effects that you want your documents to have. With out any special skills, your students' work can take on a very polished, professional look that they will want to show-off. You can embed the finished products into your blog or website. To see an embeded Yudu publication visit this post. To see a stand-alone Yudu document, please click here.

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.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration

My school is going to a 1:1 environment with netbooks next year. I'm one of the people that teachers will be coming to for help when the netbooks are distributed next. Therefore, I've been trying to compile a small list of essential resources that can be used across the curriculum. The product of that work is this guide titled Twelve Essentials for Techology Integration. This guide will serve as a getting start for teachers and the basis for some informal trainings that I'll be offering to staff. I gave a hint about this yesterday on Twitter when I asked "if you could choose just three web-based resources to use in your classroom, what would they be?"
The guide is embedded below.

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It is by no means comprehensive, but it is a good starting place for those teachers who need advice on taking their first steps toward integrating technology into their classrooms. I welcome any and all feedback. If you like it and know a teacher or teachers who would benefit from it, please feel free to print it and distribute it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Booklet Creator - Turn Any PDF Into a Booklet

Booklet Creator is a simple tool that allows you to take any pdf that you have and turn it into a printable booklet format. Using Booklet Creator is easy. To use Booklet Creator just upload any pdf under 20mb, select the number of pages per booklet, and select your page size. After completing those steps Booklet Creator quickly converts your pdf into booklet form.

Applications for Education
Booklet Creator could be a handy little tool for PTAs and student organizations wishing to create booklet for distribution at meetings and public functions.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
My eBook
Yudu Freedom

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My ebook - Build a Multimedia Ebook

My Ebook is a new service for creating rich multimedia ebooks. My Ebook allows users to create ebooks that contain text, images, and videos on each page. My Ebook users can create ebooks from scratch or upload their existing PDF files to display in a book format. The PDF option reminds me of the Yudu ebook service that I wrote about last year.

When starting an ebook from scratch on My Ebook, users can import images from their Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and Photobucket accounts or upload new images directly to My Ebook. If you don't have any digital images you can select some from My Ebook's gallery. Videos can also be embedded into the pages of My Ebook. My Ebook provides a good variety of themes and templates to give each ebook a different look and feel. Ebooks created using My Ebook can be embedded into blogs and websites or shared via email.

Applications for Education
My Ebook provides a good platform on which students can create ebooks on just about any topic. Rather than writing a traditional report, students can create a book that includes the traditional "report paper" as well as video and images to complement the report. If you wanted to build an online gallery of your students' work you could have them embed their finished ebooks into a blog or wiki.

One word of caution, you may not want to let your students browse the library of ebooks without supervision. I didn't see anything that was explicitly bad (the terms of service forbid that type of content) but there is some material that you might not want middle school students accessing.

Yudu is a related resource that may be of interest to you.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: YuduFreedom - Free and Greeen PDF Publishing

Yudu Freedom provides free hosting and web publishing of your PDF files. Yudu publishes your PDF files within minutes of uploading. Yudu does not require users to create an account, users simply have to submit their email address to receive the finished publication. Some of the other great features of Yudu are the options for quick and easy sharing of your publication. Yudu provides users with the HTML code to embed their publications into blogs or webpages. Users can also submit their publications to social bookmarking websites with one click. Finally, Yudu is carbon neutral company.

Applications for Education
Yudu is an easy and a fast way to publish and share work online. The advantages of Yudu over similar services are that Yudu is free and Yudu can be used anonymously. 21st century technology has made collage/ poster projects a thing of the past. Students can make visual depictions of the content they're learning with any number of free computer applications and share their content on the web. Sharing on the web, particularly anonymously with Yudu, gives students a genuine global audience for their work. Students can show off the work they're proud of to family and friends by simply sharing the link to their work on Yudu. The benefit of Yudu is that as long as they don't put personally identifying information on their work no one will know who made it except the people the student tells.

Here is an example of a PDF I have hosted on Yudu.

Here is a short video introduction to Yudu.