CANVA


https://www.canva.com/
Online Publishing/Marketing Tool


Samples and Ideas

Promote books, other resources, or events
You can also easily create online posters, flyers, and more with provided layouts.

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Pros

Lots of great layouts
Easy drag and drop interface
Lots of professional images for 1.00 each to use if you don't want to use your own.
Free if you want to use your own images.

Cons

Must register with email
It costs money for each image you use every time you use it ($1.00 at the time this was published).
You only have 24 hours to finish your project with an image you paid for. Then you must pay again.


Goodreads.com

http://www.goodreads.com
Community of readers which allows you to customize and embed a virtual bookshelf into blogs or websites. There are three different styles of widget you can choose from. Have students develop one for book club or for their reading class!



Samples and Ideas

Embed into your website to showcase reading lists
Keep up with those many books you read. Pull up the list whenever someone asks for good recommendations or look up their many lists of recommended books curated by users.
Review books you are reading and share them with your patrons.
Find the order of books in a series and see when the next installment is supposed to published.
View author pages and participate in chats with them.

Pros

Very visual
Easy to use
You must login to view anything on the site though your patrons can still see your "shelf" as a widget on your website without having to login.

Cons

Requires email
Some posts by members are not student friendly if they "dig" down far enough
Note: you may want one personal account and one account for your school.


Animoto

http://animoto.com/
Sign up for a free education account:
https://animoto.com/education/classroom

Create a slide show with great transitions and add captions or music

Tutorial available on handout page

Samples and Ideas

Create booktrailers or have students create them.
Showcase new books or award winners.


















Pros

Lots of great backgrounds, transitions, and copyright free music.
Will give you 50 free student accounts with an educator membership. Just sign up like you would for a new account, but on the email attach to your account ex: library1+youremail.com, library2+youremail.com. See the animoto help section for more information on this.

Cons

Costs money if the video is over 30 seconds unless you have an educator account. Video can be made for $3.00 each or you can pay a subscription fee.

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Book Trailers for All

https://www.youtube.com/user/booktrailers4all
Copyright clear booktrailers you can embed into your website

For great, copyright clear booktrailers to embed in your site, go to

Pros

Anyone can share or embed
Free
Copyright clear

Cons

Can't change any of the content. Be sure to preview as quality varies.
Has not been updated recently



PhotoPeach

http://photopeach.com/
Create an embeddable slideshow that is either linear or spiraling

Samples and Ideas

Showcase pictures of library events or books in one of two formats (music optional):
Create book trailers with questions for the reader on plot or content






Pros

You can create a spiral of pictures, and the viewer can zoom in and out on them.
If you don't like the spiral format, you can create a professional-looking slideshow.
Allows a short quiz.
Can have an entire class log in with the same ID.

Cons

Costs money to download the slideshow but not to embed.

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StoryBird

http://storybird.com/

Online collaborative storytelling website
Tour/Tutorial

Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.


Samples and Ideas

Poetry: http://storybird.com/books/distance/
Discuss habitats
Genre stories
Thematic units to cover mini research like a unit on bats
Behavioral inspiration: http://storybird.com/books/free-to-choose/#
Create stories similar to books: http://storybird.com/books/if-you-give-your-teacher-coffee/

Pros

Can view stories without subscribing
Can add as many pages as you'd like
Can create class and add students
Allows you to control privacy settings and add assignments

Cons

Requires an account to create/requires validation for teacher only.
Can't have multiple classes


Photosnack

http://www.photosnack.com/

Samples and Ideas




Pros

Easy to create slideshows
Many different Templates
Provides embed code or link

Cons

Limited music choices
Requires email and verification
Adds at start up



IFakeText

http://ifaketext.com

Samples and Ideas

Create a screenshot of two characters in a book talking and have kids guess which book the characters are from.
Creat a screenshot of two people discussing a library skill in which one answers a question the other has.
Have students creat screenshots to demonstrate a concept or skill they learned.
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Pros

Free, easy to use, and requires no personal information or email addresses.
Screenshot can be shared via popular social networking sites, email, direct link or they can be embedded into websites/wikis.
Students could also use a free screenshot program to capture and save their screenshot.

Cons

There's an ad banner at the top, but nothing inappropriate.


Scoop.it!

Scoop.it allows the user to curate or aggregate articles from around the web and put them on a scoop.it page for that topic which you can then embed in a webpage and/or feed through your Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, etc.

Samples and Ideas

Post (rescoop) articles and reviews to inform your patrons about new books or post articles your patrons may find of interest.
Post articles about technology or education or other topics faculty and staff at your school may find interesting.



Pros

It's free!
Easy to use. There is even a bookmarklet you can put in your bookmarks bar to easily add articles or websites to your topic/feed.

Cons

It takes a little while to get used to how it works and how to navigate.


Spicynodes

www.spicynodes.org

Spicynodes is a graphic organizer that is simple to use, but does require registration. Does have a gallery you can use or share.

Samples and Ideas

Use for read alike lists (below) or to showcase books by a specific author.


Pros

It's free!
Easy to use. Instead of typing in small boxes there is a tab for text and then it places your text into boxes.
Can add photos or videos.

Cons

It can be a little slow to load.



Magnoto

http://www.magnoto.com/
Create a virtual cork-board or refrigerator with your own content.

Samples and Ideas

Use for library news

Create a board with author/character information
Create a board with club information

Pros

It's free!
Quick way to create a visual product

Cons

Remember to write down your web address-you log in from there not the main magnoto account (once you create your account)
Not a lot of bells and whistles right now because still in beta mode.
Requires email
Lots of adds on side


Warning Sign Generator

http://www.warningsigngenerator.com/
Create your own warning/caution signs for any topic

Samples and Ideas

Book promotion
Attention-getters
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Pros

No account required
Fast
Very easy to use

Cons

Only 6 lines
Limited choices (might be a pro for some)