Welcome to my Technology Nook. My strength as a Media Specialist has been in my ability to use technology in a variety of ways.
When I first added this page to my Technology Nook I was sold on the software MS Publisher. I still love the software, but because of my discovery of Lulu.com, a print-on-demand book printer, I find myself struggling with the inconveniences of MS Word in order to produce a file I can upload to Lulu. Then I can order an even nicer copy of my book and bypass the printing process altogether. See some of my books at Beeline Press.
One of the most creative and under-appreciated software packages on the market in my opinion is MS Publisher. An educator who becomes skilled in the use of publisher will be able to publish on the computer any of a variety of student created or teacher created works, and not only can one copy be made, but it can be duplicated as often as you wish. I invite you to try out the templates below and find out for yourself how versatile this software can be. (Note, these instructions are somewhat dated as the software has been upgraded more than once.)
One of the feathers in my cap as media specialist in a small elementary school is my use of MS Publisher to make folded books that look like store-bought paperbacks. Here are some templates I have developed to simplify the process for you. They have been set up with eight pages with 1/2 inch margins and numbered pages. All you have to do is add pictures and text to finish your book. If you need to change the number of pages, add or delete them in multiples of four. To add a cover, use card stock paper with the cover templates. These are set up with four pages (inside & out) and do not have page numbers. It is easy to copy the front page from your book by using the mouse to select it all by starting top left and dragging to bottom right, lock the images together, and copy and paste into the cover file.
Setting up a Book File in MS Publisher This file is in MS Word and is for the do-it-yourself-er who wants directions on how to format his/her book from scratch.
I recently created these templates for making bookmarks. Each is made up of two pages, the first is for the front of the bookmarks and the second for the backs. They are numbered so you don't have to make them all alike--simply match numbers so you get the back on the right front. Pay attention to which end of the paper should go into the printer first when printing the backs of each sheet of bookmarks. Go creative with making bookmarks. Use clip-art or photo, or scanned artwork along with whatever text you like. There are more instructions included in the files below.