Showing posts with label online publishing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online publishing. Show all posts

Friday, December 1, 2017

Create Your School Newspaper With Lucidpress

Lucidpress is a collaborative writing and publishing service that blends great collaboration tools with excellent design templates. That's why this morning I recommended it to a reader who was looking for a free tool to use to create and publish her school's newspaper.

Through Lucidpress you and your students can collaboratively create documents that incorporate videos and images.

Creating a document on Lucidpress can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. To get started you might stick with the basics of moving text and pictures around on the document by just dragging and dropping. There are options for layering images with differing amounts of transparency, image cropping tools, and font customization options in each Lucidpress template. As mentioned above, you can also add videos into your projects (obviously they only play when viewed online).

Lucidpress has a Google Classroom integration that makes it easy to have all of your students start using the Lucidpress platform. Watch the video below to learn more about that feature.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Madmagz - Collaboratively Create Online Magazines

Madmagz is a neat platform for collaboratively creating online magazines. Madmagz provides you with a magazine template that lets you use images and text that you can edit alone or with invited collaborators. Unlike some other collaborative writing platforms, the original creator of the magazine has to approve or verify submissions from collaborators. When I was testing the platform I found the need to verify every change a little annoying, but I can see how many people would like to have that level of control over the editing process.

Publishing your Madmagz online is free. If you want to download your magazine as a PDF, you will have to pay for that option.

Applications for Education
Madmagz could be a good platform for creating an online school newspaper. Similarly, it would be good for creating a classroom newsletter in which students summarize the highlights of the month in your classroom.

Thanks to Alicia Roberts for the tip about Madmagz.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Open Letter - A Simple Way to Share Letters to the World

Last month I wrote about five ways students can publish online in less than a minute. Today, I discovered another service that allows students to publish their thoughts online without the need to register for another online account.
My Open Letter is a simple service through which students can compose "open letters" and share them on the web. Content written in My Open Letter can include hyperlinks and images. My Open Letter assigns an unique url to each letter. Even after publishing students can revise their letters online. Users of My Open Letter have the option to allow or disallow commenting on their open letters. You can see my sample Open Letter here.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a quick and easy way for students to share their thoughts online, My Open Letter is worth giving a good look to. I like the service for two reasons. First, students do not have to register for an account thereby enabling them to spend more time on their writing. Second, I like that students have the option to allow or disallow commenting. If a student is looking for constructive feedback, he or she might allow commenting. But if a student doesn't want public feedback, he or she can could disallow commenting.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pencamp - Quickly Publish Your Writing Online

Pencamp is a simple platform for quickly publishing your writing. To get started writing and publishing with Pencamp just enter a name for your page and enter specify a password for editing then start writing. Pencamp is not a blogging platform it's a platform for publishing an informational article or story about a specific topic. You can create as many Pencamp pages as you like for free. Commenting is not an option on Pencamp pages. Check out the Pencamp page that I started about my dog Morrison.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a service that will allow your students to publish their writing online without having to got through the process of creating a full-fledged blog, Pencamp could be just what you need. Because there is not a registration process you could have a whole class of students working online without losing much classroom time to walking students through a registration process.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Youblisher - Publish PDFs as Online Magazines

Youblisher is a PDF publishing service that is very similar to Yudu and Issuu. Youblisher turns your PDFs into online magazines complete with page-turning effects. The documents you upload to your Youblisher account can be embedded into your blog or website. You can see Youblisher in action by clicking the image below.
Beyond Google

Applications for Education
Youblisher makes it easy for you and your students to take PDFs and turn them into visually appealing online magazines. Youblisher could be a good option for publishing visually appealing PTA newsletters or creating an online magazine about your classroom.

Here are a couple of related items that may be of interest to you:
6 Ways for Students to Publish Their Writing Online
Yudu - Publish Your PDFs as Online Magazines