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Conquering Chromebooks: Desktop Publishing

Need a quick newsletter? Or how about a 8 page newsletter that you want for both print and an online version? Chromebooks have you covered!

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Start with the basics! You can create some very nice documents using Google Draw and Slides. For elementary students, I wouldn't go any further than these tools.

I teach an entire workshop on this topic! But in a nutshell, here is the key to whole process.

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Lucidpress is PageMaker on the web! It is hands down the most complete desktop publishing application you'll come across that exists totally in the cloud. I always tell people that if you want to see what things will look like in 5 - 10 years, use LucidPress for a day. It is truly an applicaiton running in the browser.

Click here for a newsletter published with LucidPress.

Lucidpress is 100% FREE for teachers and students. Click here to upgrade your account to a FREE PREMIUM account.

Learning to Use Lucidpress


The best place to start learning Lucidpress is at the Lucidpress Help Center tutorial page.

Lucidpress includes some nice design tips to help you rethink some very traditional print based publications:


Video Tutorials


Create a Brochure in Lucidpress
  Opens video tutorial Create a Newsletter
  Opens video tutorial to create a Digital Book
  Video tutorial on how to publish and share

Some Interesting Links

The Evolution of Desktop Publishing
Create an Online Resume

Students should understand how to market themselves online. The first step is with a professional looking resume that can be equally compelling online or in print.

How to Make a Scientific Research Poster

Expand your thinking to "How to Create an Infographic" and you'll have a better sense of how this article might help you.

How to Make Stationery
Planning Newsletters
  Regardless of whether the newsletter is being built by children or adults, planning is an essential part of building a newsletter. This page will take you through the process of creating a classroom or project newsletter.





More Desktop (like) Publishing Apps

As of this writing, you'll not find a more powerful and complete desktop publishing running completely inside the browser than LucidPress. However, here are a few that you might want to consider.

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Glogster is an online platform for interactive learning. It allows users to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy.

Glogster is NOT free, but pricing is certainly reasonable.