6 Great Tools for Creating Classroom Newspapers

Creating classroom newspapers is a great way for teachers to engage students in a wide variety of literacy activities. Students can use their writing skills to demonstrate their learning, share stories, and collaborate with their peers to produce meaningful reading content.  There are several web tools you can use with your students to create class newspapers, the list below features some of our favourite titles that we reviewed in the past. We have also included two important  resources where you can access and download pre-designed newspaper templates. Have a look and share with us your feedback.
1- Newspaper Story Format by ReadWriteThink

‘Your students will find completing their newspaper article a snap by first filling out this useful handout that helps them identify each key element of an authentic newspaper article.’
2- Printing Press

 Printing Press, from ReadWriteThink, is one of the most popular web tools for creating classroom newspapers, informational brochures and flyers to use in your instruction. It has been designed specifically for K-12 students to help them unleash their creative writing and engage in multimodal literacy activities.Printing Press is very simple and easy to use. It provides several pre-made templates with multiple lay-outs to choose from. There are templates for creating newspapers, brochures, flyers, sign, and posters.You simply choose the template that works for you, type in your text and add images. When you are done, you can share your final product in PDF or .rwt format through email or you can save and print a copy. There is also a basic planning sheet that comes with this web tool to  ‘help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool.’
3- Lucidpress

Luidpress 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.4- Canva

Canva provides a Flyer section where you can have access to a plethora of ready-made  templates to choose from. Using Canva’s drag and drop interface, you can insert your photos, text and customize your input the way you like. Once done, you can print or download your flyers to share with others. Canva is also available as an iPad app.5- Newspaper templates from Lucidpress

The popular Lucidpress platform has this library featuring a number of excellent free templates to use for a variety of educational (as well as business) purposes. Templates are already pre-designed and you don’t have to do any formatting, you simply plug in your content to get the look you are looking for in a matter of few clicks
6- Newspaper templates from Google Docs
Using these templates will enable you to create beautiful newspapers without having to worry about the technical part in the process. Templates come with pre-designed layouts, different columns, fonts, colours etc. You only need to tweak them a little bit and use your own content to make these newspapers uniquely yours. To use any of these templates, make sure you are logged in to your Google account, click on the title of the template then on ‘use this template’. A copy of the template will open in your Docs where you can start editing and customizing it the way you want.

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