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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