Create rich images with music, video, sound, text and more.
Share and discover deeper stories through images.
Examples of Content & Lay-out:
From: Martin Belam's blog, Student journalist bloggers - The good, the scheduled and the risky - Part 1: The good
2 page guide: Students_Guide_to_Personal_Publishing.pdf
What is Personal Publishing? Publishing is the process of producing and publicly distributing information. You can publish a variety of content, including your ideas, experiences, stories, observations, or opinions. Additionally, you can publish the pictures you take, videos you produce, or other forms of art you create. Publishing your work allows you to share your life and obtain feedback from others as well as preserve long-lasting memories for years to come.
Technology has enabled teen authors to readily publish their writings and other creative endeavors. If you have ever written a blog entry, posted a comment or reply on a website, uploaded a video to YouTube, posted a picture to Facebook, or uploaded an audio podcast to a website, you’ve participated in personal publishing. Online publishing allows for quick and easy feedback from friends, adults, or even experts from around the world. The benefits of this new ability create some risks that you should be aware of. This brochure is designed to help inform and guide you to enjoy personal publishing in a safe, responsible, and productive manner.
Wordle website: http://www.wordle.net/create
Wordle is a tool that looks at the text you provide (students can type in words that describe themselves; words that describe their choice for presidential candidate; words that describe what they want to learn about this school year; words that describe a time in history they are learning about; their vocabulary words they are having a difficult time with; words that describe a country they are learning about, and on and on) and generates a “word cloud” summary from those words. The word cloud gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can change the font, change the layout, and change the color scheme. Once you have created your “word cloud” the students can take a screenshot to save and paste into an application or save to Paint/Photoshop to then save as a jpg image to use in a project — PowerPoint, Slideshare, PhotoStory, Blog, Wiki, etc. Or, they can choose to print it out and make a bulletin board in the classroom of the words. So many uses for this very easy tool. Caution: The Wordle Gallery — if they browse through the Wordle Gallery, could be inappropriate content; but they don’t have to browse to create.
Tagxedo <http://www.tagxedo.com> turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
The free version of Evernote is a great tool for writing. With the free version you can still access your notes from any device or share them with others through email or twitter; however, with the free version you cannot collaborate with others on the same document. You would need to use a Google Doc for collaborative writing.
While Evernote is immensely useful as a desktop note-taking application, its true power lies in its ability to synchronize your notes to the Evernote on the Web. This allows you to create and find your memories on virtually any computer, web browser or mobile phone.
This means that you can clip a cornbread recipe from the web on your Mac, read it on your iPhone when you're at the grocery store buying the ingredients and look it up from your friend's Windows PC when you're at his house preparing to bake the cornbread. Evernote on the Web is constantly updating all of your computers and devices with the latest versions of your notes, so you'll always have the right information, wherever you are.
All of the Evernote applications are in regular contact with Evernote on the Web. Whenever a new note is created or edited on any of your Evernote-capable devices, the note is uploaded to the Evernote on the Web where all of your other devices will download it the next time they sync.
Safari Web Clipper
The Safari Web Clipper installs automatically when Evernote for OS X is installed (unless you installed Evernote from the Mac App Store, in which case you'll need to install it by clicking the option in the Clipping section of the Evernote preferences).
There are three ways in which content can be clipped from a web page using the Safari clipper:
1. Click the elephant button in your toolbar without highlighting any part of the web page you're currently viewing. This will clip the entire page.
2. Click the elephant button after having highlighted a portion of the web page. This will clip only the selected content.
3. Hold the Shift key while you click the elephant button. This will create a PDF of the current web page. This can be useful if you're interested in maintaining the formatting of the page, but hyperlinks and other clickable elements will no longer respond to mouse clicks. If you want to be able to visit links within a clipped page, you'll need to use one of the first two clipping options listed above. All of the above actions will clip the relevant content into a new note whose title will be the title of the web page being clipped.
Quick start Guide: Inspiration_quick_start.pdf
How-To Training Videos from Atomic Learning: http://www.inspiration.com/Curriculum-Integration/Inspiration
There are a variety of tools that can help students with their writing. Click on an application name below to access its tutorials.