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Friday, 25 February 2011

YUDU-Read and Publish Your Content (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, PDF, Videos, Podcasts)

Today's Website~ 

●  YUDU


YUDU


What is it about?

●  Issuu is a free digital publishing library that let you to read, publish, buy, sell and

    share what "you do" (YUDU) (your content-Word, Powerpoint, PDF) with the world .

●  You can set up your own personal library to story things.  E-books, brochures,

    portfolios, magazines, documents, photos, music, podcasts and visual bookmarks

    can be added into your library. 

●  Like, Issuu, you can collect and share the documents.  And you can embed them into

    your own website or your blog.


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Self Publishing with YUDU


Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Like Issuu, learners can publish their complete works, reports, notes or their own

    portfolios.

●  The page-turning effects (interactive publication) make their complete works look

    wonderful.  It is motivating.

●  Learners are encouraged to write and edit collaborative, and make themselves editors.

●  Learners can embed their works and share them with others.  It makes them be

    cautious of what they write during the writing process.

●  The publications of students works, the library and bookshelf the website offers

    can be students' best learning portfolios.  Students could also learn how to organize

    their documents and works.

● You can embed your library in your blog.  The collection in your library could be view

    clearly.  It is a good way to organize learners' works during their learning process.

●  One of the characteristics that is different from Issuu is that YUDU could add photos,

    music, videos and podcasts into your library.  Learners' learning portfolios could be

    various, not confined to written documents. 

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  First, I would introduce this tool and we will talk about what they should do before 

    they publish their works.

●  I will teach students how to upload their files.  The functions of the library will be 

    introduced, too.

●  Set the criteria to help them to their own library, e.g. how to manage and organize

    their documents, reports or portfolio.  Embed their works in the class blog would 

    make it a simple presentation of their works.  Their peers and parents could easily

    see what they learn in class.

●  Classroom notes, story-telling, photo books, diaries and journals, comic books, 

    student newspaper, book reports and summaries, movie reviews, or any collaborative

    learning activities could be published according to the teaching context.

●  The publishing features make it easy to collect the works presented by students 

    during their learning process.  

●  If students publish their classroom notes, it could be their best e-notes, and it could

    be the records of their learning process.

●  Students can download the works or notes made by their peers.

Limitations~
  
●  Need sufficient computers and Internet.

●  There are so many documents, magazines and books on Issuu, teachers should 

    guide their students and help students select appropriate online publications when 

    students would like to put them in their own bookshelf. 

●  Once students publish their documents, everyone can search them online.  Therefore,
    
    teachers should make students aware of the publishing options (make it private or 

    public).  Be cautious when they store their own documents in the library.

●  There are not many EFL contents in this website.  

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 Example~

●  When reading the content, you can:  1. Add or remove highlights.  2. Add a note.

    3. Add a bookmark.  4. Print the content.
 
Check Out the Functions When Reading the Documents
●  Search inside YUDU.  Embed the document in your blog.  You could add it to your

    personal library, too.  

Embed and Add to Your Library

●  Upload documents, audios, photos or bookmarks to YUDU.  Three rules have to

    be followed:  No Adult Content.  No Copyright Abuse.  No Offensive Material.

Upload and Pulish
●  Upload your document, fill in the descriptions and tag your documents.  You can

    
    make it private use, too.


Upload, Fill in Description, and Tag Your Documents

●  Embed example~Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration by Richard Byrne


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Digital Publishing with YUDU

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