Authentic Publications

Publishing is as much about process as it is about product. An authentic publishing process benefits student learning, as it fosters peer review, collaboration and higher achievement. Students split work following Alan November’s idea of a Digital Learning Farm.

Below you see a summary of all the steps that can be part of the learning process during publishing. You can follow all of those or just parts as a start. Then you will see a detailed description with instructions screencasts for each step:

  • Step 1: Writing and Peer Editing
  • Step 2: Organising an Editorial Board
  • Step 3: The Designers’ Job
  • Step 4: Article’s Collaborative Space
  • Step 5: Section Editorials’ & Editor’s Notes
  • Step 6: Revision for Publication
  • Step 7: Publication & Marketing
  • Step 8: Online Commenting

Step 1: Writing & Peer Editing

How the Editorial Board can suggest improvements to articles: the power of peer comments directly on text.

Step 2: Organising an Editorial Board 

How to use a Google Doc to organize notes during peer editing and skimming to help select articles for magazine and write the editorial.
At the end of this process, the Editorial Board should have good outline notes to write their editorial.

Step 3: The Designers Job

– Change objects in the design: color, size, position, delete
– Change order of objects:back, front
– Add new objects (shapes)
– Add new text boxes
– Duplicate slides

Step 4: Articles’ Collaborative Space

– Find your section
– Duplicate article template slides if necessary
– Add text to an article template

– Adjust text boxes


– Add image from Creative Commons. Check the Know about Copyright page.
– Add image citation
– Add Works Cited

Step 5: Section Editorials & Editor’s Note

The Editorial Board for an ePublication will take a stand on a more liberal or conservative position and state that through the editorials, as a common vision for the publication.
So the learning perspective for an Editorial Board involves taking advantage of an online collaborative space to go deeper into learning and analyze different points of view shared on peer articles.
    Section Editorials 
    If you want to have some ideas on how to write a good editorial check The New York Times page on this Student Contest: Write an Editorial on an Issue that Matters to You:
    Editor’s Note
    The Editor’s Note should state where the ePublication stands in the range of liberal versus conservative ideas.
    It should also briefly explain the project and state a commitment to copyright compliance.
    See how The Economist magazine states its vision:

editor in chief.PNG

Step 6: Revision for Publication

Layout Revisers: Check Layout & Design Compliance

– Balanced spaces

– Text boxes away from borders

– Consistent title / Text Font type & size for all articles

– Consistent linear spacing

– Download PDF to see if all fits within pages

– Share FINAL pdf with teacher


Image Revisers: Check Copyright Compliance

– Citation under all images

– All images are Creative Commons or personal

– Any image on cover and section pages is also cited – can use Editor’s Note

Designers: Add Table of Contents

– Add / Delete blank pages to organize section starts (see notes below)

– Take note of page numbers

– Create Table of Contents with page numbers

– Write Editor’s Note

Notes: Adding Blank Pages
Blank pages are added to make sure sections start in the right place in the online publication.
The Title page, which will be page 1, is the front page online.
So every ODD page will appear in the RIGHT side of the magazine.
Every EVEN page will appear on the LEFT side of the magazine.
Add BLANK pages as necessary if you want all SECTION START pages to appear on the right (odd page number)

Step 7: Publication & Marketing

    Upload ePublication

  • Download the Google Presentation for your ePublication as a pdf
  • Double check to see if all text and images are within the pdf format page boundaries
  • The publisher will create an account at Calameo
  • Upload the pdf to Calameo adding publication details

    Create a Poster

    Options for creation:

    Add a QR Code    

What is a QR Code?

    Inserting a QR code in your poster will allow viewers to point their cellphones to the code and automatically open the ePublication for reading.
    QR codes are just images which are easily generated by different QR code generator sites. All you need to do is provide the URL for your ePublication.

Step 8: Online Commenting

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