Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 19- Issuu








Today's challenge is issuu.

Would you like an EASY way to turn a document into a beautiful online flip style book?

If so, issuu is the free service for you. The process is hassle-free; just select any document on your computer and upload it to issuu.





Get started by opening an account with issuu. http://issuu.com/explore
Select create account located in the upper right corner of the website. Enter all of your information. You must select the box at the bottom of the form to accept the terms of service.

Upload a document to issuu by selecting Upload in the upper right corner. Select the blue Browse button to locate the document on your computer. Note: Document size is limited to 500 pages and 100mb per publication. Issuu supports PDF, DOC, PPT, ODT, WPD, SXW, RTF, ODP, and SXI file formats. Documents must be single-page layouts.

Fill out the General info portion of the page and select the blue Upload file.

Once converted, your book will appear on a shelf in My Library. To find your library, select the blue triangle icon next to your username in the upper right corner of the website. Select My Library from the drop down menu. Sharing your publication is as simple as selecting the share button and typing recipients' email addresses into the box (red arrows). Issuu provides you with an embed code if you would like to post your publication to any website, blog, or wiki and a direct link address to your publication. The direct link is located at the bottom of the share screen (blue arrow).











Issuu would be a great application to publish class newsletters, newspapers, or student work in a stylish format.

Your assignment: On the blog share your thoughts about how issuu can be used in your classroom.

Happy publishing!

32 comments:

  1. I think Issuu would be a nice way to publish the handbook that I do for choir students and parents every year. I usually send home a printed copy with policies, procedures, performance dates, dress code, etc. This would be great for going paperless with that, and making it look more professional with the addition of images.

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  2. I like the idea of using this tool for two parts of the classroom. Students could help compile a study guide that could be uploaded to Angel. Also, a class newsletter could be published and uploaded to a classroom blog to get families involved with the happenings of the class. I love looking at pictures of my own children from their school day. I have posted video of my classes working on my classroom blog and they even love to see themselves in a published form :)

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  3. Wow! This is an awesome tool for publishing. I could definitely see using this to turn regular documents into a much more professional document.

    I like Kara's idea of using it at the beginning of the year for classroom policies and rules. Especially the laboratory rules for chemistry. That could be a fun book with pictures and videos of lab accidents instead of just text.

    I could also see having my students use this tool to write a "magazine" article about anything I could come up with. At the beginning of the year, I had students write an article about a chemistry job. Instead of it being just a document, they could make it into an article that would be published in a magazine with pictures of people in the career.

    Very cool and easy to use!

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  4. This is a great publishing tool for any classroom or school website with documents like handbooks, or study guides, newsletters, or class work. We have our school policies and procedures in pdf file every year. I'm going to try uploading this, then it would be handy to look up easily. I tried uploading one file at a time, thinking I could combine them, but then re-read the instructions that if you are going to have more than one page, it should really be combined and ready. That would be the only feature I would like to see.

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  5. This is definitely one of the coolest online publishing platforms I've seen so far. I think the magazine idea is great and it's a good way to break up the monotony of reading instructions from the same old Google Doc or Word file.

    I think it would also be really powerful to have kids document their work through a unit and publish it is a digest of sorts. Any writing they've done, any images or other graphics they've used or created. It would be stored as an online study guide almost for exams or chapter tests.

    It would be even cooler if they were interactive. I would be interested to see if there is a way to embed videos or prezis as part of the publication. Hm...

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  6. This looks like a really good tool to turn boring documents into interesting ones. I could see uploading lesson plans and/or a syllabus for my upper elementary students so they could see and follow along with what we are going to do in class. A Word document isn't going to generate as much attention as a document on this platform. While I haven't had the time to experiment with it yet, I like the ability to "dress up" a document and add audio if desired. Here is a lesson plan I uploaded that I plan to use with my 5th & 6th graders in December:

    http://issuu.com/mjaques/docs/2011_christmas_price_index_lesson_plan

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  7. This is neat! We have a class blog, I like the idea of turning in a class newsletter into a blog. Even adding photos and video clips of what we are doing in the classroom. We could not only share them with parents but our virtual pen pals that we currently have at another school. I'm still waiting for my email to finish the regristation process, but I can't wait to use this to update my files.

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  8. So far this is a fun website. I simply uploaded an old document that I wrote for a college class. I haven't figured out how to add pictures to it yet, but with some time, this could become a great tool.
    http://issuu.com/cahisch/docs/personalartifact/1
    I can envision this website being used to showcase articles students write for English class. I could also see this as a great project for social studies. Have students pick a destination, then create a publication that showcases all the destination has to offer. It would require a lot of research. I also could see an "issuu" for each math topic. It would make reading about factors more fun in a magazine format. Plus they could access the cleverly disguised notes from any computer.
    I love how it has thumbnail views of every page. It makes it very easy to find the page you're looking for. Overall, I am impressed.

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  9. My first idea on how to use Issuu today comes from a project that I originally did while I was in high school. When I was taking Japanese in high school, my teacher would ask us to write "articles" for a newspaper that she would put together. I also ask students to write about different topics in Japanese. However, I have never put them all in one "bound" volume for the students to take with them. I think this would be a great tool to create a Japanese class magazine or a way to showcase a student's work over 4 years of learning.It could be a great thing to show a college professor or future employer.
    My second idea is to compile a recipe book. Each year in 4th year I ask students to write and create a cooking demonstration. This would be wonderful to save their recipes in!

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  10. This tool is right up my alley and something that I have to get done right now!!!

    I teach the journalism courses at Reitz, including the yearbook and newspaper. For some time, we have operated a website which, at times, has been an active outlet for our content. On that website, we used to archive PDF copies of our newspapers. We got away from it since the presentation of it was less than visually pleasing and was cumbersome to browse, having to download individual pages at a time.

    My newspaper staff will start to use this with our PDFs to make an interactive and eye-catching digital newspaper. The audience can easily thumb through their virtual copy. And since it looks so easy, it can be done the same day we are distributing our paper-papers.

    You will be seeing our newspapers on ISSUU very soon.

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  11. Neat tool! I uploaded a pdf of a presentation on creating groups, using a calendar, and conducting a survey in Angel. The original presentaion was a flipchart. Really neat way to now read how to do these things.
    http://issuu.com/robinfricke/docs/creating_groups_presentation

    Students could easily convert their presentations in this format and then share with their peers. I do see some value of creating this type of publication for a unit preview or for a lesson. Students could actually do their own writing on a math concept--what it is, how to use it, step by step process, applications of it, where it used in real life, etc. Students reading, researching, and then writing in their own words would create a greater understanding of the concept.

    Also, I could see this used as a way to advertise clubs within the school at the beginning of the year. Clubs could highlight some of their events, fundraisers, etc. This could be used to promote membership and encourage student involvement.

    It also seems like it would be a nice feature link for schools to add their website to advertise their expertise/academies/clubs. Publication could be shared with 8th grade parents to encourage parental involvement within different areas of the school.

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  12. What a great tool. I would definately use this tool to present unit previews to my students. This would help flip my classroom too. This makes it easier to deliver notes and other readings that my students need to do for the next class. It offers up so many possibilites.
    This would a great way to pass information along to parents and I agree that it would be the perfect way to go paperless. I love that once the document is turned into a flipbook it can be added to any site or location!

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  13. Wow a cool looking way to get the class newsletter home! Students wouldn't throw this away before even getting to their lockers! I will suggest this as a way to also do our school newsletter so that students can just look it up online instead of looking at a crumpled paper that might have made it to the bottom of their backpack the month before.

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  14. I am with Susan. This is a great way to get class information out to students and their parents. This is also a great way for students to present and share reports.

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  16. I will try this for several units second semester. It would also work in the geometry logic unit I am starting Monday, but since I just saw it today (Sunday...) . I teach math and I have several units that relate back to a real world application set of problems, I want to put the problems and clips of how it "looks" in real life so students can see when and where the algebraic concept will be used. I also have thought of the newsletter, syllabus route plus personal use to show pictures and tales to family back home of my family/work here. Great find!

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  17. I can already think of a few documents that I have to use this with. Mainly first of the year information, newsletters, etc. I often have my students write on a topic and then we put them in a class book. How cool for the students to see their pages in a virtual book. I can also see them each writing a chapter for a book to use as an assessment to see if they understood a certain topic and publishing our book using this.

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  18. I really like this for upper grade classrooms, but I think it would really work as a communication tool between students and parents. I could keep a classroom newsletter and have it be accessible by parents. A lot of times with the younger kids, papers don't make it home. This way, a parent could simply sign on and check out what's going on in the classroom. Pretty cool!

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  19. I am excited about using this as a fun, professional, colorful way to get my traditionally thick lab manual out to students without using paper.

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  20. I think that this a great tool. I can't see using it much teaching math except for notes that we take. I can see this as being used in an English and Language Arts class to keep up with a unit or novel. A student can also write a story and be able to share it with family and friends all over the world with one click. That is pretty neat too! I like that you can easily see the pages at the bottom and that you can give it your own special touch.

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  21. I can't wait to see John's Reitz publications on Issuu! Just to look at it from a different angle, I noticed that you can subscribe to issuu's that others have created (and some of them are so polished I would slap myself if I thought I would ever put something I created in a public space!), and one thing that I think really hit home was information literacy. This is a conversation that can be worked into any grade level (although most of the issues I saw would not be terribly appropriate for younger kids), as far as using a critical lens to think about what information they find on line-is it credible, versus just someone's opinion. These publications look so 'real' that a student may go online and think they are looking at a credible information source, (which they may be, depending on the task) but they have to learn to always ask critical questions of every piece of text that they encounter. I think the biggest classroom lesson outside of using the tool to create, is using the tool to critically examine.

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  22. This tool could be used to create parenting suggestions in an appealing magazine format. Our department has previously distributed a list of research briefs, parenting strategies, etc. The issuu format would be great way to include this type of information on our departmental website.

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  23. Issuu could be used with beginning readers as a way to for students to create their own digital books with student created text and drawings. With young students it would obviously require quite a bit of individual adult help so this type of project would require the assistance of some very devoted parents or volunteers. Also there were several interesting childrens's books that were available on the issuu website which could be used for choral reading, word study, with large or small groups.

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  24. We have had many visitors to our school over the past two school years. I think this would be a great tool for building a presentation that builds the background for our proficiency plans, PLCs, readers workshop, standards based report cards, etc. This could be something that our visitors could take back to their schools to share w/the members who did not attend the site visit. Also, it would be good for parents, student teachers, and teachers who are new to Delaware to use to become aquainted with how we do things at Delaware.

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  25. As I create materials for Equity schools and SIG schools I can now have a tool that will allow me to create an online flip book that I can store and share material with interested folks.

    As a coach this is a cool tool for placing many of those boring documents and jazz them up into a flip book format.

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  26. My students are writing their own novels this year with the intent to publish them on a young adult author website. They are learning writing skills at the same time. For some it was a slow start, but now the excitement is building. When I show them Issuu, I think they will love it. Issuu will be absolutely perfect for having my kids upload their work for others to read and make suggestions and ideas as well. This would work even better than sharing their writings on Google Docs.

    I also like the idea of using it for parent information. As mentioned earlier, paperwork is not always given to the parents or returned to school. I have been looking for an easy way to communicate with parents and this might just be the tool.

    I am not responsible for the Plaza newsletter, but I am going to show it to that teacher. Now that our students have netbooks, it would be a great way to save paper!

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  27. I am looking for a way to showcase our Center's work- not just individual student's. I like that I can embed it into my weebly. I'm also looking for a way to convince students to buy in to our common core reading articles. If they were publishing a book/magazine, it might bring more buy in. Also, our students wanted to create a book for Evansville ARC about disabilities, and two months ago there was no way to feasably get that done. ISUU....let's mingle.

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  28. I could use this to put together a digital lab book and/or study guides. Also, it would be mice to have students create a digital scrapbook of their work and what they have learned over the couse of the class.

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  29. I will use this in my classroom to post newsletter and study guides. If students and parents get into the habit of checking these, then they will be current on what is going on at school and exactly what they need to study for a test.

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  30. I feel like most of these tools have sparked interest in reading and language arts curriculum, and I have been trying to think of ways to expand their use into math. My thought for this is for students to create documents of notes and general information, definitions, and examples worked of math topics just like the paper and pencil examples we make of math journals. I was thinking a unit for polygons, lines, and angles would be easy to find images to explain and real world examples with labels. The students could use Jing to edit these and imbed them, publishing them into a digital math journal in the end.

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  31. I really like issuu, my goal was for my anatomy class to use issuu to create a digital portfolio of all of our labs. Since this was my first year teaching the class I didn't get it all together for this year. I am planning on having the students use issuu to publish their final dissection that they complete for anatomy. I would also like to publish the biology lab book we worked on a few years ago.

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  32. I like the idea of creating a newsletter. For me it would be beneficial to share information with parents about what social services are available. Especially at this time of year the parents could log on to see what resources are available for the Holidays or where they could contribute.

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