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For a decade, when I thought of desktop publishing, I turned to Microsoft Publisher. I loved its flexibility, adaptability, and ease of use both for classroom projects and home. But then I moved on to other alternatives, like Lucid Press that were more flexible and affordable for educational purposes.
Really, I didn’t see a lot of other alternatives until Sara Stringer, from the Ask a Tech Teacher, came up with this great article about desktop publishing options. Some of these–like Word–have changed so much over the years that they are now a provide reasonable alternatives to laying out an attractive professional design in a program everyone is familiar with:
Technology advanced drastically in the past few years, allowing people to create different products with the aid of a computer. One of the most popular products that were drastically improved by the presence of technology is printed materials, which were commercially printed from a single file that was created using desktop publishing software. Printing digital files can be performed in a short period of time, with the finished product being bound with the help of a strong type of glue or screw posts, which securely holds the pages together.
With the prevalence of digital computers, tablets, and smartphones nowadays, people could easily create their own digital files with the help of software programs. Publishers would have total control of the things that they wanted to do, and their ideas could produce high-end digital published materials such as brochures, menus, books, and magazines, among others. It is important to find out the best software program that will be used by a desktop publisher. Because there are many available software programs in the market today, the preference among publishers varies. The following software programs are the most common desktop publishing tools used by amateurs and professionals:
Throughout the year, I post websites and apps the Ask a Tech Teacher crew’s classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with us about; others not so much.
Here are the reviews you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience:
- How to Use Google Sheets in the K-12 Classroom
- Quick Review of 7 Popular Math Programs
- 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools
- What is Microsoft Sway?
- What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching
- What is Google Keep and Why Use it in Your Classroom?
- 3 Comic Creators That Will Wow Your Students
- Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud!
- 14 Ways to use Scribble Maps
- How to Use Google Forms in the Classroom
Oh–I don’t get enough followers on Twitter! Would you mind adding me to your list? Here’s the link:
Thanks! Have a wonderful 2019!
Here are the most-read posts for the month of December:
- College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education
- End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices
- End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence
- End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
- 3 Free SEL Activities from SafeSchools
- Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective
- Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code
- Holiday Gifts for Teachers
- 13 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects
Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog eight years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 2,112 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like:
- Weekly Websites and Tech Tips (sign up for the newsletter)
- Dear Otto Help Column
- Edtech Reviews
- Lesson plans
If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.
It always surprises us what readers find to be the most and least provocative. The latter is as likely to be a post one of us on the crew put heart and soul into, sure we were sharing Very Important Information, as the former. Talk about humility.
Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs.
But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time.
Starting last year, I sought out your opinions:
- 12 Days of Christmas
- Christmas puzzles and games
- Christmas—history—fun video
- Holiday Crossword
- Holiday Elf Games
- Holiday Hangman II
- Holiday music II–sing along with the music–the site provides the words
- Holiday—find the word
- Holiday—Math Facts
- Holiday—North Pole Academy
- Holidays around the world
- Phone call from Santa
- Santa Tracker
Here are the most-read posts for the month of November:
- Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code
- Hour of Code Lesson Plans by Grade
- 10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code
- Hour of Code 101
- Metaverse–Education Game-changer
- A Thanksgiving Poll for Students–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?
- Book Review: Repositioning Educational Leadership
- Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
- Canadian Thanksgiving
- Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities
- Plimoth Plantation
- Starfall–Silly Turkey
- Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan
- Thanksgiving Games
- Thanksgiving games and puzzles
- Thanksgiving games–Quia
- Thanksgiving information–history, more
- Thanksgiving Jigsaw
- Thanksgiving Jigsaw II
- Thanksgiving Lesson Plans
- Thanksgiving Tic-tac-toe
- Thanksgiving video–Brainpop
- Thanksgiving Wordsearch
- The First Thanksgiving
Here are the most-read posts for the month of October:
- Halloween Projects, Websites, and Apps
- The Impact of VR on Student Education
- Is technology outpacing you?
- Differentiation Simplified with Study.com
- Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
- Engagement through Competition
- October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
- What Qualities Make an Effective Teacher?
- 9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, a Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente.
Here are the most-read posts for the month of September:
- The 101 of Research for Kids
- Differentiating with Personalized Learning
- Learning Strategies for your Classroom
- How to Teach Critical Thinking
- What to Consider When Assigning Homework
- New Ways to Gamify Learning
- Print or Digital Textbooks? What’s the Low-down?
- High School Technology Curriculum Coming!
- Great Back to School Activities
- Mouse and Trackpad Websites for your Classroom