E-zine project with Jilster

Have you ever asked your pupils to do a magazine project in which the groups of pupils had to make their own magazine? They may have had to choose their own target group, think of a theme or topic, think of a name of the magazine, write their own content (articles, adverts, reviews, etc.), edit the content and create an appealing lay-out. In this era of technology you probably would like your pupils to make an on-line version of a magazine, also called an e-zine. Perhaps you have not read any e-zines yourself, but I am sure you have seen on-line brochures published by shops, which you could actually leaf through and zoom in on certain content. An on-line magazine looks a lot like that, but has more add-ons. An online magazine that I read is Food Inspiration Magazine. You can experience this magazine online or off-line in a special app. I use the word ‘experience’ because it is not just reading, but it contains much richer content than simply text and image, such as add-ons in the form of clips, music and interactivity. To get an idea of the possibilities of an e-zine, you can have a look at an issue here or subscribe to it.


If you consider setting you pupils the task of making an online magazine, you can use Jilster. This website / tool is there to do all the things mentioned in the introduction: develop content, editing, adding media, lay-out, et cetera. I have explored the website myself and discovered that it is indeed a strong and simple tool to use for magazine projects. The tool is free if you keep it online; for better quality printing you have to pay a small sum. jilsterWhat I like about Jilster most is the fact that you can have your pupils work on the magazine together on-line, just like you can work together in Google Drive, great! So in case you do not have enough class time or have a pupil who is ill, the pupils can still work on a project like this together! And of course the final result of a real glossy and professional-looking magazine will motivate your learners. I think you should make an example yourself first, so you know how the tool works, and then use that to enthuse your learners to create their own real magazine. I trust you can think of the added value of this tool yourself, right? Which of the three models applies here most, you think? Nice exam question, come to think of it… (so no tag for that)



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