How I Use It
First I had my students research a topic of interest to them and write an informational article. I wanted the article to present both sides of an issue, so I had them separate the article into three distinct subheadings that had to do with general background, one side of the issue, and the opposing side of the issue. I had them write the article on a Google doc. All of this work was done prior to the students opening Lucidpress, which is an add on in Google. I chose Lucidpress as the means for publishing the students work because of its very professional colorful magazine templates. The students were able to copy and paste the text of their article into the template. The templates had subheadings that the students changed to their own. They changed the images to correspond to their topic. What they ended up with was a beautiful vehicle for their own writing. The students were so proud of their work,and more than once I heard, "This is so fun."
What I liked about this program was the fact that the templates provided structure, but allowed just enough choice for students to make the product their own. Building an article from the ground up in another program would not have resulted in something so professional looking. The written part was done prior to using Lucidpress, so students needed to think carefully about how the images, fonts, colors, and layout would best represent their topic. We used the free version, so they only had four newsletter/magazine templates to choose from. I felt this was sufficient. Some students got messages that they could not add another image because they exceeded their storage. They signed up for the free 14 day trial to get around this. I intend to print these out and display them, but they can be digitally published as well. Another feature that the program has, which would be useful if published digitally, is the option to add links to other resources.Overall, the product is user friendly, and contains many advanced features that the students did not need for this project. I highly recommend this product.