Students need to have more skills these days than just putting pen to paper when it comes to writing and research. The current trend (learn more here) is to publish student work online, as a way of acquiring peer reviews, sharing ideas and simply as a convenient method of turning work in to professors or teachers.
Not only does this create a vehicle to collaborate and share student work, it also help develop a mix of technology skills along with the actual writing.
Affiliated with LinkedIn, SlideShare is a very visual tool to share slide-show style presentations on any subject you wish.
Unlike some of the other tools, this isn’t a way to make a slide-show, simply to upload and share one. You’ll have to create the PDF or PowerPoint file yourself first. Once created, your slide-show is uploaded and published on the SlideShare website, a content destination that is quickly gaining in popularity. You can also use a small bit of code to embed your presentation in another web page if you want to.
Presentations done with SlideShare tend to be very graphic in nature, with slides made up of images and captions rather than large blocks of text. Definitely a handy tool, but it may not be the best format for text-heavy student work.
Harness the appeal of an animated flipbook by publishing student work with Yumpu. Their tools are an easy-to-use mix of drag-and-drop options where you can fill in each page with your text, and embellish with graphics or other media files. The graphic content is up to you, which makes this a nice choice for heavily illustrated work, or even straight text.
When complete, the flipbook is published on the Yumpu site and can be embedded in other web pages if you prefer to have your work on your own site.
Issuu is simply a service where you can upload and share your work, not actually use the tools to create the file. They accept PDFs, and once they file has been accepted, you are able to publish and share your ebook or other documents anywhere you want. The final document is viewable across any device, and you can use the page-turning format if you want to make it more of a flipbook. Your material is available to anyone else on the Issuu site, for a little added exposure.
Simply posting content on your own existing site or blog is another option for publishing student work, though it leaves a lot of the work and expertise in the hands of the student. WordPress is a fine option for this, offering free blogs on their servers and several easy tools to master. If you are dealing with older students who are relatively savvy, this is a nice option for the hands-on type of projects. The presentations are not shared through a central platform so it’s not a great choice if you’re looking for wide-spread exposure though.
All of these sites are free to use for the average student publisher, though there may be additional features available for paid accounts.
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