Tuesday, 31 August 2010

NewsCred Inspiration!

Inspired by yet another fantastic Zarco English Tool of the Day's post, I decided to give NewsCred a quick twirl this evening. I was very surprised at how easy it was to create my very own newspaper in less than a minute, exactly as it says on the blurb. I am also amazed at how topical the news items are. I have just found out some really interesting news about Oxford, for example. This saves me having to trawl the internet to find the latest news updates. You can choose any subjects you like, and they are immediately updated onto your paper.

I can imagine how much enjoyment students would get out of creating their own newspaper projects on different subjects of interest by using NewsCred. It's also a nice way of keeping up to date with news you are interested in, all in one convenient place. Another bonus is that you can create your very own personal editorials.

Although I don't think it is possible to embed your newpaper on a blog or wiki, you can post your daily newspaper on Twitter and other social networking sites.

Have a look at my paper Janet's Daily. Then have a go yourself, and see how versatile and fun it is to use!


Sue Lyon-Jones said...

Great tool, Janet - Thanks!

I enjoyed browsing "Janet's Daily", and will be giving it a go myself.

Sue :-)

Janet Bianchini said...

That's great Sue! I look forward to reading your first issue.

Janet :-)

Erika Osváth said...

Thank you, Janet! I hope I'll be able to infect other teachers with this great tool :-).


Janet Bianchini said...

Hi Erika

Nice to see you here. Many thanks for popping by. I'm glad you like the look of this tool. It does seem really nice and it's so quick on the news updates for whatever topic you choose.

It'll be fun to experiment more!

Alex Francisco said...

Another great post Janet! :)
Loved going through your newspaper. It is a shame you can´t embed it, isn't it? But hey, it's a newspaper you're supposed to get it on your front door. ;) So, subscribing to it does the trick. However if you really want to put it on your blog you can always use another tool to do it - embedit.in will do the trick, it allows you to embed anything on your site/blog. Here's how it would look http://embedit.in/customize/vU4Gq72Kzz

Janet Bianchini said...

Hi Alex

Thanks for your great tip re embedding NewsCred onto the blog. I will look into that when I can. Otherwise I guess getting an RSS feed might do the trick as well?

Thanks for constantly linking to brilliant and practical new tools!