Below is a collection of good web tools you can use with your students to create educational posters, flyers, brochures, and newspapers.The tools are simple and easy to use and do not require any technical learning curve. They provide a variety of pre-made templates that you can adapt to your teaching purposes. These tools are also helpful for teaching using news.
1- Printing Press
Printing Press is a great web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with students in class to easily create beautiful newspapers, flyers and brochures. The tool is very easy to use and students will definitely love working on it. Printing Press provides multiple pre-made templates to choose from.
Finished works can be saved and shared with others through emails or you can print out paper versions to distribute in your class. Additionally, you can save your unfinished newspaper as a draft and use a simple WYSIWYG to edit it later on. Whether you want to create and publish class newspapers or design informational brochures and flyers, Printing Press is absolutely a wonderful tool to try out.
Lucidpress offers a wide variety of pre-made templates to use for creating newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, posters, digital banners, presentations and many more. You can easily drag and drop your content to create your visuals. You can also integrate different types of multimedia materials including images, videos, and text right from your Google Drive or other third party platforms such as Dropbox, Flickr, and YouTube.
Lucidpress supports real time collaboration allowing you to work with your peers on the same project. You can interact with your collaborators through chat and comments with the ability to track or reverse the edits with revision history. And when your visual is ready, you have different sharing options: you may want to publish it online via a generated link or download it for printing in PNG, JPG, or PDF format.
Canva provides a growing library of ready-made templates to choose from. Simply type in the search box, ‘Newspaper,’ ‘Flyers’, or ‘brochures’ and hit search. Browse through the collections and when you find the template you like click to open it. Once inside Canva’s editor, you can customize your template the way you like. You can add images, icons, shapes, texts, and many more. When your template is ready, you can share it with others on social media, via email, or download it in different formats including PDF, JPG, or PNG.
4- Microsoft Word
If you use Microsoft Words you may want to check out this video tutorial to learn more about how to create a newspaper template from scratch. The process is simple and easy and wont take more than few minutes.
5- Google Docs
In this short video, Tiger tips walks you through the process of creating a beautiful editable newspaper template using Google Docs. The process consists of three main steps: create three columns, create a header, then create a leading drop cap.
Flipsnack is another excellent platform where you can access tons of ready-made templates to use to design newspapers for your class or school. The way it works is simple. Head over to Flipsnack, search for newspapers and when you find the one you like click to open it in Flipsnack editor. Next, customize the layout of the template to your liking. Add images, icons, design assets, shapes, and more. When your newspaper is read, click to download it in PDF, PNG, or JPG format or you can share it online by making it publicly available. To learn more, check out Flipsnack full review for teachers and students.