Paper.li can be an interesting place for your students to experiment with research. A paper's quality depends on the quality of the sources they choose, and students have the opportunity to learn about reputable source selection and the varying quality of online content. Over time, and with some work, students can tweak filters and make changes to create a paper that gives them exactly the content they're interested in.
Students will watch their papers change from day to day, and this could turn into its own kind of project. You could have students set up a paper on a subject like global warming and then report on each day's developments and trends. Additionally, as a teacher, you can create papers that help you keep track of news items related to topics you're discussing in class, using the corresponding content as a teaching supplement or as a way to stay informed.Continue reading Show less
Paper.li is an online platform that lets users create their own newspaper made up of content found on the Web. To start your paper, click the Create a Paper button. You'll choose a name, topic, and any description; then you'll be taken to a dashboard. Type in a topic -- for example, "cats" -- and the source you'd like the content to come from (options are Twitter, Facebook, RSS, YouTube, and more). A list of links will populate; choose the ones you'd like to add to your paper by clicking the plus sign next to each. When you've added all the sources, Paper.li will take a few minutes to "print" your paper, bringing together all those links into a tidy page. Papers are visually customizable; you can choose formats and fonts to personalize design.Continue reading Show less
Students can learn to improve their research skills; they'll refine searches and narrow down exactly what they want their paper to contain. They can also learn lots of details about whatever subject they're building a paper on, whether it's archaeology, soccer, or One Direction. While Paper.li isn't your average newspaper, it does give students some idea of how traditional journalism works, and curating content is similar to the way many online publications now function. Paper.li can be helpful for students who really want to keep up on a particular subject, but it's a little finicky and can require a lot of adjustment to give them the right content.
The Staff Picks are kind of odd; are "Equestrian Express" and "NCIS Fanatic" really the best examples Paper.li has to offer? You also have to be careful which sources you choose, as your paper will continue to draw from those sites even if their scope changes. A site may have an article on Harry Potter one day, but the next day it may have an article on something entirely different -- your paper doesn't know the difference and will populate with whatever content is new on that site.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.9-10: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.9-10.5||Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.|
|SL.11-12: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.11-12.5||Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.|
|W.9-10: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.9-10.2||Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.|
|W.11-12: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.11-12.2||Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.|