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Engage students with a school magazine

Posted on 18 September 2015 in the category Tips and inspiration .

We know teachers around the world want to help kids develop their full potential. A great way to do that is by having the students create school magazines on their favorite topics.

This is part 1 of a 4 part series that we’ll be publishing every month to help teachers use Jilster with their students.

Part 2. Help your students get started on a school magazine
Part 3. Help your students make a school magazine
Part 4. Help your students complete their school magazine

Engage your students

A school magazine allows students to get engaged because it allows them to make their own choices about their activities.

Bring learning components together

It also enables teachers to bring several learning components together, since the school magazine can be a year long project, various subjects can be covered in one project. Different skills can be practiced as well, like word processing and formatting skills.

Encourage teamwork

If it’s a class or group project (which is easily done in the online editor, since you can easily invite others to work on your school magazine with you) it also encourages teamwork and a sense of community in the class.

Allow students to express themselves

The online editor gives students the freedom to express themselves and include as much of themselves as they want. They can add a personal introduction or add some humour and personal interests to their school magazine as well.

Showcase growth and asses progress

Since this project takes place over time, it allows for reflection, and showcases the growth students go through for each of the subjects and skills included in the magazine. This is great for teachers too. They are able to assess progress throughout the duration of the project.

Give students a sense of pride for their work

The best part is, at the end of the project the students receive a final product that they made themselves, a real magazine, which gives them a real sense of pride for their work.

The school magazine(s) can be ordered as high quality prints or as web (low) quality digital PDF files. So go ahead, try Jilster free, and see if it’s something you’d like to use to help your students develop their full potential.

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Here’s a great resource on how to teach writing by making a magazine: The Magazine Project: Making the Writing Process Real

We’re working on another 4 part series with tips specifically for students. If you’re a teacher or a parent, and you’d like to contribute to the series with your own tips, or have questions about how to use Jilster, send us an e-mail at We want to know how we can improve our service to help our users get the most out of Jilster.