Digital Publishing Tools

Here is a list of popular publishing software you can integrate into your classroom or learning environment. Your learning environment is not just in a contained classroom. Let’s use the space outside those walls. Offer learners those experiences of learning at home, freeing up classroom time for clarification, exploration and creation. Use mobile technology as tools, so learners can capture photos during research and make anecdotal records in the field.

Distributing Content

Google Drive
Google Drive is free and allows you to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms or drawings. You can organize items into folders, publish to the web, and share documents with other users. It also supports existing document uploads, and files such as Word and PowerPoint can be translated into a Google Doc or saved in Cloud Storage. See an example here.

Sophia
Take more control of your educational success with Sophia. An affordable, flexible, competency-based online course platform. These self-paced courses are accessible anytime, from any device. See an example here.

Versal
Share your expertise in an entirely new way. With Versal’s powerful yet simple course creator, publish beautiful, interactive courses for your students, employees, or the world – no coding required. Structure lessons and drag-and-drop gadgets to create new content and add existing materials. See an example here.

Google Classroom
Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. See an example here.

Promethean Planet
Created by teachers, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community—your place to connect, create, and change the classroom! See an example here.

Blogger by Google
A blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. A user can have up to 100 blogs per account. See an example here.

Tumblr
A microblogging platform and social networking website. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private. See an example here.

TED-Ed
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video. See an example here.

SchoolTube
A free K-12 video community. SchoolTube is the best source for videos from students and teachers everywhere. Endorsed by leading educational organizations. See an example here.

SlideShare
A Web 2.0 based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites. See an example here.

QR Code Generator
A two-dimensional barcode that is readable by smartphones. It allows to encode over 4000 characters in a two dimensional barcode. QR Codes may be used to display text to the user, to open a URL, save a contact to the address book or to compose text messages. Note: To read QR codes you will need to download a QR reader app. See an example here.

FlipSnack
A free tool to design a magazine-style digital document. Teachers can upload student work as a PDF and have it converted into a “flip book” to be read on a class web site or shared with a link. See an example here.

Issuu
A free site that allows teachers to upload documents and then convert them into digital publications. Completed projects can be linked or embedded on web sites and experienced as “flip books.” See an example here.

Zoho Show
Create, collaborate, present, broadcast and publish presentations, the smarter way. Create visually stunning presentations the way you always wished to showcase it. Collaborate with your team to review and edit documents. See an example here

YUDU
A free site that allows you to upload and then embed PDF documents. Similar to Issuu, teachers can create digital “flip books” to display student work. Example #1. Example #2.

Calaméo
A free site similar to Issuu and YUDU that allows teachers to upload and embed PDF documents. It has the added benefits of also incorporating uploads from Microsoft Word. See an example here.

Blendspace
Allowing teachers to curate and distribute web based content from just about any other site. It also allows teachers to create classes to track student engagement, and includes built-in assessment tools. See an example here.

Wikispaces Classroom
Wikis provide student with a public space for sharing, peer editing, and composing different kinds of texts. The archiving feature of wikis allows students to check their editing over a period of time and monitor their progress as student writers. See an example here.

WordPress
Blogs are another option for students to use to share their writing. Whether it is a personal blog, a classroom blog or a school website, publishing one’s finished pieces in these platforms allows others including his or her peers to interact with it, engage in conversations and discussions around the written piece using the comment form. The student writer can build on this kind of feedback to write other pieces. See an example here.

Edublogs
An edublog is a blog created for educational purposes. Edublogsarchive and support student and teacher learning by facilitating reflection, questioning by self and others, collaboration and by providing contexts for engaging in higher-order thinking. See an example here.

Kidblog
A website designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. It is a safe and secure way for children to blog. It was extremely easy to sign up and has an orderly navigation that is suitable for children. See an example here.

Glogster
An online toolIt allows you to create interactiveonline posters, complete with text,images, graphics, audio and videos. Glogs can be used to present lessons complete with links to outside resources, with audio and videos related to the subject and topic. See an example here.

Slide Presentations

SlideShare
A Web 2.0 based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites. See an example here.

SlideRocket
A online presentation platform that lets users create, manage, share and measure presentations. See an example here.

authorSTREAM
A powerful online presentation sharing engine that not only allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentations online for free, but also assists you to share them with your friends, students or co-workers located across the globe. authorSTREAM is a great online community that gives you access to numerous presentations on varied subjects uploaded by community members. See an example here.

Sharing Stories

Tikatok
A web site designed to inspire children to express themselves creatively by writing and illustrating their own books. When their books are complete, parents and guardians can order a published copy of the book for a small fee. See an example here.

Widbook
A wonderful web tool that allows you to easily create and publish e-books. Students can import their word documents, use images and videos and share all in one single ebook without the need for any technical knowledge. See an example here.

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