Publishing educational technology enhanced content online, in eye-catching formats, is easier than ever. And, students love to publish their projects online and share with their family and friends. Use these easy-to-use web 2.0 sites to publish, share and celebrate student work.
Online content publishing (leaving out the massive blogging category) falls into two broad categories. Some convert publications created solely in other applications, such as Microsoft Word or in PDF format, into an interactive online format. This works well to transform existing student work into an online portfolio. In other websites, the creation is accomplished on the site itself. The text, images, etc. are added to each page and the final product is a virtual book. Keep these two types of online publishing in mind when you are designing student projects.
Yudu lets you upload all sorts of content including Word documents and PDF’s. It will quickly convert the documents into an impressive virtual magazine with flipping pages. Account creation is optional but an email address is required. You can also set privacy settings to public or private.
Flipsnack is very similar to Yudu and is extremely easy to use. The only caveat is the document you upload must be in PDF format. If you have a copy machine at school that scans into PDF, load it with student work, create a PDF and convert it into a virtual book.
Issuu (pronounced “issue”) is another option to upload almost any document format and transform it into a virtual flipping book. Of course you can share and or embed the resulting creation. For example, you can embed the book on your classroom homepage or wiki.
Tikatok is aimed at younger students and is a wonderful tool for story creation. Students begin with story starters or a completely blank book. Text, images and imagination are added and an amazing digital book is created. The final product can be viewed online and a print copy can be ordered.
Mixbook is very similar to Tikatok but features some sophisticated editing tools perfect for middle or high school students. The site includes numerous templates and images to insure a professional looking book. Mixbook also offers accounts designed for teachers.
Epubbud allows you to convert and existing document into an e-book or create the book on the site itself. The difference is, it converts the book to the epub format which is compatible with numerous readers and tablets. The user interface is not as elegant as some of the other website choices but is an efficient way to generate an epub format book.
Lulu is like a combination of Epubbud and Mixbook. You have the ability to upload a document and convert to epub format. In addition, the site contains photo book tools very similar to Mixbook. Add images and text to tell a story. Tools are also available for creating poetry books and digital portfolios.
Scribd is arguably the best known online publishing site. Upload any file or even import from Google Docs. One drawback for the school setting is the number of advertisements.
YouPublish is similar to Scribd. Upload virtually any type of file, including video, and it will be viewable and shareable. It’s very easy to upload content and this site works well for older students.
What other sites do you use? Please post a comment below and thanks for reading the educational technology blog Teach Amazing!