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The Treasure Hunt Club No. 88 (2012年12月12日)

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■ The Treasure Hunt Club No. 88
December 2012 Treasure Hunt
Classroom E-magazines
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
Kanagawa Prefectural Institute of Language and
Culture Studies

Hello everyone. This month I'd like to introduce
some sites that can help your students create and
publish e-magazines (e-zines) or make newspapers.
These sites can be used to facilitate meaningful,
open-ended projects for groups of learners. It can
be great fun to plan and work on articles. And
once content has been published, friends and
family can view it as well.

First up is Joomag. They offer a basic free
service you can use to publish interactive,
multimedia e-zines. As with most other free
services, you'll have to put up with some ads. And
if you want to deliver your content to mobile
devices, you'll need to pay for the service.

Calameo and Issuu are similar to Joomag. You might
want to check out all three to see which one works
best for you. Joomag allows you to create your
magazine at the site from scratch. For the other
two, you'll need to create a pdf document that
you can upload.

Scribd is a site most people are already familiar
with. It calls itself the world's biggest online
library. But you can also easily use it to publish
student work. It's a nice publishing platform, but
you'll have to do the page design work yourself
(Japanese interface available).

Zinepal lets you turn blog postings, web feeds and
web pages into magazines (printable pdf, or for
mobile devices). One easy way to publish using
this platform would be to have learners each
create blog postings and then gather them together
to create and deliver a class magazine.

If you want to make a very professional-looking
printed newspaper and don't mind paying a little
for a good template, there is Build a Newspaper.
You can choose the teacher based template that
matches the level of your readers. Right now they
are offering a free Facebook page template that
could make a fun writing assignment. The newspaper
templates are not free, however.

That's it for this month. Happy holidays everyone
and see you next year.