Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” – Joseph Pulitzer

When I was a child, my father only accepted homemade gifts. My sisters and I spent several days creating various publications with construction paper and markers, including magazines. Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier. With web tools, students can layout their writings, pick from hundreds of cool fonts, and add their own images or choose from a library of stock images. Some web tools allow students to embed video and audio. Below I’ve listed some free educational web tools for creating a class ezine. These web tools can be used to complete the Mission: Seek and Preserve the Truth in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions. Students can also use these web tools to design a class yearbook or end-of-year memories digital book!

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Class Magazine

  • Canva (Web/iOS) also has a template for creating a digital magazine and a collection of images, clipart, and graphics to choose from.
  • LucidPress‘s drag and drop publishing platform makes it easy to create a digital ezine. Students can add stock images from their library.
  • Book Creator can be used to create a sophisticated multimedia digital book and works wit iOS and Android devices. There are several learning needs friendly features. To publish on the Google Play Store or iBooks isn’t free. 
  • MadmagZ has one free ezine template students can edit collaboratively.
  • Create a class magazine with this Time Magazine Google Slides template.
  • Flipsnack helps you quickly turn a pdf into a digital flip book or ezine.
  • Flipboard (iOS/Android) allows you to curate students’ posts from blogs or websites into a magazine like format.
  •  Issuu is another free way to create and publish a digital magazine with less options than the other tools and doesn’t have an education account like the other tools. Issuu has a new update where you can share stories more easily.

Challenge– Get your students to create a digital magazine and teach them about being media reporters in the digital age.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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