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Help your students get started on a school magazine

Posted on 30 September 2015 in the category Tips and inspiration .

Do you want to help your students develop their full potential? You can do that by having them create school magazines about their favorite topics. Read on for instructions on how to get started.

This is part 2 of a 4 part series that we’ll be publishing every month to help teachers use Jilster with their students.

Part 1. Engage students with a school magazine
Part 3. Help your students make their own school magazine
Part 4. Help your students complete their school magazine

How to get started

Start by creating an account, and creating a new magazine. You can always add or remove pages at a later stage. We recommend trying out all the features to familiarize yourself with the editor. This also allows you to explain to your students how it works at a later time.

Depending on what kind of project you want your students to work on, you can create pre-made templates that they can copy onto their own pages or into their own magazine.

Make templates

To make a template, simply create a page with all the elements you want students to copy into their work. You can create a design with (for example) colors resembling the school colors, and use a certain font style and size. You can also indicate where you want students to enter text or images to make it easier for them to work on their assignments.

Students that have been invited to the magazine (see below) will now be able to copy any other page in the magazine onto the current page. How to use templates.

When your students have to copy a page you made, they have to click on ‘My pages’ instead of ‘Templates'..

Invite students to Jilster

Once you’ve made the templates you want your students to use, you can start inviting students and assigning pages to them. How to invite your students.

You can also let your students create an entire magazine of their own. They can do this by creating an account and starting their own magazine. If you want them to use a template in their own magazine, you have to invite them to the magazine (containing the templates you want them to use) as co-chief editor. Once they’ve accepted, they can go to their own magazine, navigate to ‘My pages’ and use the templates in the magazine you invited them to.

Here’s a great resource with writing activities that you can use to help your students create a magazine: One World Magazine project.

Get started on your magazine 

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.

The school magazine(s) can be ordered as high quality prints or as web (low) quality digital PDF files.