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Camayak builds in newsroom efficiency, collaboration

Camayak builds in newsroom efficiency, collaboration

| July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Camayak, a pre-publication management system, brings a new level of efficiency to newsrooms – for students and advisers. A previous Editor-in-Chief who graduated and used this time-saving program in her freshman reporting position for the Arizona State University news publication told me I had to use it. Google Docs is satisfying until you meet Camayak.  I can’t […]

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Google’s WeVideo a simple option for adding video, photo galleries

Google’s WeVideo a simple option for adding video, photo galleries

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Among the host of choices on the Google Web Store for iOS and Android users, WeVideo is a free program for uploading, editing, and sharing videos. WeVideo combines the simplicity of Videolicious with the sharing capacity of Google Docs. For a traditional print journalism program, it’s a simple solution to the huge undertaking of implementing broadcast practices not […]

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Everyone can do an editorial cartoon with Storyboard That

Everyone can do an editorial cartoon with Storyboard That

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The moment I met Storyboardthat.com, I knew I had to try it out with my students. Sure, there are lots of free options out there, but this paid educational site is worth the $30 annual educational price in so many aspects: managing student accounts, sharing, publishing, and choosing from an abundant array of figures, speech bubbles, and […]

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Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

Edublogs helps advisers manage classroom blogging

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blogging has become an essential digital skill for journalists, especially scholastic journalists. Harrisonville High School journalism teacher Brad Lewis uses edublogs.org in his beginning journalism classroom because it runs on a WordPress platform, which creates familiarity with the School Newspapers Online CMS his news staff uses, and allows him oversight capabilities. “Since I was doing this for the […]

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TodaysMeet an easy feedback tool

TodaysMeet an easy feedback tool

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

TodaysMeet is an easy-to-use social media tool for presenters and audiences. A presenter (classroom teacher, newspaper adviser, fill in the blank) sets up a meeting that is available via the web on digital devices of all sizes (from desktop to cell phone) for as little as one hour to as much as one week. With […]

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Newsela.com adjusts online news articles to student lexile level

Newsela.com adjusts online news articles to student lexile level

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The email from the school librarian seemed too good to be true.  It stated, “https://www.newsela.com/ High Interest daily articles from major publications- each one avail at 5 reading levels! Common Core aligned & each has 4 reading comprehension questions (mult. choice). Go see it!” I did, and I’m hooked.  I’ve set up sharing options for both […]

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Like Getty Images, should school sites share free photos?

Like Getty Images, should school sites share free photos?

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

High school photographers and staff may wish to consider a cautionary tale playing out in professional media, namely Getty Images. Getty recently made a decision to remove its watermark from online photographs and share photos on the web for free, labeling the move a strategic survival tactic for photographers and the company. My high school […]

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The New York Times Learning Network offers a real-life editorial opportunity

The New York Times Learning Network offers a real-life editorial opportunity

| February 26, 2014 | 1 Comments

Students and teams of students can write on topics that matter to them, and potentially earn online publication in The Learning Network (Teaching and Learning with the New York Times). It’s a neat, real-life opportunity that can go far beyond the March 17, 2014 deadline. The link to the first-ever contest also provides a rubric […]

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Free CCleaner an optimization tool that’s easy to install in newspaper labs

Free CCleaner an optimization tool that’s easy to install in newspaper labs

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Because I’m an app nerd, I subscribe to MacUpdate Desktop.  And, because I subscribe to MacUpdate Desktop, I’m exposed daily to a list of potential apps I can’t do without.  I’ve learned to scan quickly. I purchased MacKeeper to optimize my personal laptop computer, but it is an unaffordable option for my newspaper lab, which […]

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