Publishing Student Work

Presenter - Jeff Ingraham


Online tools for posting and sharing student writing and publications

First a little something to consider...
10 Tips Before Posting Student Work Online (see bottom fo the page below if link will not work)

"A public school may not publish on the Internet or provide for publication on the Internet any personal information about its students without first obtaining the written approval of those students' parents.
For the purpose of this section, "personal information" means information that identifies a student, including, but not limited to, the student's full name, photograph, personal biography, e-mail address, home address, date of birth, social security number and parents' names."

Now... on with the show!

Text Web 2.0 Tools

How Does Online Collaboration Work?

Social Bookmarking:

Document Collaboration and Sharing:

What is Social Bookmarking?
Google Docs in Plain English


Zoho Google Docs



How to Start a Blog
What is a Wiki?

There are many advantages to using these free and very powerful online tools. First and foremost, they make work productive, easy, and enjoyable for your students. Second, you and others can easily find and review their work. They offer ways for public review and students experience authenticity and ownership in their writing or for privacy and annonymity if that is your preference.
When you write for an audience, it suddenly becomes much more interesting and important. Another possibility is that they may just give your students the nudge to START writing. Sometimes this is the hardest part. But if you tell them they need to have something posted to their blog by a certain date, and they know that others will be reading it, well . . . that might be all it takes. Then, once they are started, writing becomes a bit easier.

Google Sites

My first thought was that I could post student work on my google site.
Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world.
If you want simple, static web pages, then Google pages is available, free, and easy to use.

Quick facts

Single-click page creation
Creating a new page for your Google Site just takes the click of a button.

No HTML required
Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there's no markup language for you to learn -- just get started.

Make it your own
Our customization options let you give your Google Site your own look and feel

Get started with templates
We offer a growing list of page types -- web page, announcements, file cabinet, dashboard and list -- to help you get started with your Google Sites pages.

Upload files and attachments
Use the file cabinet to upload files up to 10MB in size. Each Google Apps account receives at least 10GB of storage in Google Sites. Google Apps Premier and Education editions get an additional 500MB for each user account.

Embed rich content
Google Sites is integrated with other Google products, so you can insert videos, docs, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slide shows, and calendars directly onto your Google Sites pages.

Work together and share
Our permission settings let you designate owners, viewers and collaborators (meaning they can edit pages) for your site. And you can make your Google Sites available to just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.

Search with Google
You can search across Google Sites pages and content using powerful Google search technology. You'll find specific pages and documents instantly, the same way you would on


For a more interactive, dynamic look, feel, and experience, wikis are perfect. I like wikispaces a little better, but wetpaint is another great free wiki service that is worth exploring. Wikispaces lets you create simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together.
You can add people to your wiki to edit and make comments. Most wikis have discussion tabs too, where your students can discuss aspects of your lessons or share information.

K-12 Help for Wikis from Wikispaces

Wiki Examples

What will happen to Sylvia?
Can you help us to write our story? Choose where you would like to go in the story. Add new pages and new links to make the story really interactive!
To add to any of the pages, click on the Edit This Page tab at the top, add your part and click on Save at the bottom.
Click on Story start in the menu to get going!

Google Docs and ZOHO

Online applications such as google docs and zoho writer are also options. Students can write their papers in these online applications, access them from any computer, add others to their document for comments and revisions and then even publish this paper online. As they continue to revise their paper, their published version is updated, too.

Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer is an online word processor that allows a student or teacher to write, share, and collaborate on projects. What makes Zoho a collaboration tool to use in the classroom? Some of the basic features to the program are: the ability to post documents to a blog, export and import documents in a variety of file formats. Format such as Word (DOC), SXW, Portable Document File (PDF), ODT, Rich Text File (RTF), TXT and HTML; access, edit, and share (by email address) documents online from anywhere with whomever you choose and lock documents while working in shared mode.

To access Zoho's tools, go to and Sign Up as a New User. Signing up is free.

Zoho has a number of other products that a student and teacher can explore and use to collaborate.
Finally, the template library. which has temples for quizzes, newsletters, resumes, and more.

Blogging Tools and examples:

Blogs are very easy to create and edit. Lots of free blogging services are available. Right now I am a WordPress fan, but has been a favorite for years too. You can create individual or group blogs. Blogs by their nature are more private then wikis.
Blogs also offer the ability to make comments if you have that option turned on, but other net readers cannot edit your web pages, like a wiki.
Wikis are wide open social spaces while blogs are one person or one groups to edit.
The neat thing about a blog is that is can be used for students to write their paper, get comments/feedback from other students and faculty and use this as their rough draft process.

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
Blogs are great because they effectively integrate all the Web 2.0 applications listed below through embedding or links.

O'Neal Public Schools Blog Spot:

Ned the Lead from Westside Middle School

Language Arts "Fact of the Week

2nd Grade Class Biographies


Scribd can be used to publish documents in multiple formats – PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel. It includes a library.

Example document


TeacherTube is a teacher friendly video publishing site that is not blocked by most districts and where you can post videos of student work, examples you create, ideas for other educators, etc. etc.

A student reads his writing

A Stitch in Time with Grandma Personal narrative

5th grade Fairy Tales


Westside Middle School podcasting Guide

Additional Podcasting Resources from WMS

Tony Vincent Radio Williow web Podcasting guide

Pod-o-matic is a platform for creating, finding, sharing and publishing podcast audio files.



Twitter - Byte-sized stories: Twittering a tiny tale

Writing a Twiller - New York Times

Comic Book Creators

using Comic Life In the classroom article

Comic Life

Bit Strips


Site to upload finished student work:

Resources for Publishing Student Work:

Student publishing Site ideas

Cyberkids : Creative Works
Stories, poems, art .. all by students
You can use all of the Cyberkids site areas without registering on the site. This means you do not need to fill out a form or tell us anything about yourself to play the games on Cyberkids, read the stories, view the art, use the Launchpad, and so on.
You can use all of the areas in Cyberkids free of charge.

Stone Soup : for your writers and artists
Stone Soup is made up of stories, poems, book reviews, and art by young people through age 13. Although all the writing we publish is in English, we accept work from all over the world.
Stone Soup welcomes submissions by young people through age 13
Six times a year Stone Soup Magazine arrives on the doorsteps of readers all over the world.
Here on the Stone Soup Web site you can:
- Read stories and poems by children
- Enjoy international children’s art

Young Writers' Clubhouse
Share stories and poems that you have written yourself.
Get constructive feedback from other kid writers in the process. Join our critique group here.

Artist's Toolbox: 30+ Places To Promote Your Art
The social web is benefiting all kinds of creative people, including artists. There are now hundreds of places to share your work, get feedback and make money from selling it.

Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off! is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork written and created by children ages 6-12.
The magazine will also feature fun activities, and writing and illustrating tips for children. Forthcoming thematic issues will include animals, fairy tales and fantasy, heroes, mysteries, the ocean, and sports.
The creator of Launch Pad has professional experience as a children's librarian, writer, editor, and designer. Stories will be imaginative, well written, and engaging to other children. The magazine will debut with a January/February 2008 issue.
We are currently accepting children's writing and works of art, as well as book reviews, on any topic, but we are especially interested in submissions related to the themes listed on this page.

Pine Tree Poetry
We’ve created Pine Tree Poetry to interlace students, their peers, parents, teachers and school librarians in a quest for poetry writing excellence.
Rarely do students earn kudos or trophies for their writing, but at Pine Tree Poetry, we are dedicated to rewarding the fine writing achievements of students who are 5 – 18.

Hanging Loose
The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format -- mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope -- and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. If you liked a poem, you could pin it to the wall. If you didn’t like a poem, you could use it as a napkin.

Teen Ink
Teen Ink is a monthly print magazine, website, and a book series all written by teens for teens.
There are over 16,000 pages of student writing on this site. We're now entering 17th year of publishing and look forward to many more!

Making the News (MTN) - the free online publishing system for schools hosted by the National Education Network that enables teachers and pupils to share and promote their learning experiences over the World Wide Web.
You can use MTN at school and / or at home for a variety of purposes. It supports any area of the curriculum at any Key Stage.
Your news can be broadcast, published and accessed online. It can contain text, images, animation, audio and video. Online publishing, in real time, is available via an easy-to-use story submission form. It's really straightforward.
MTN has a regional focus and a national audience. It also has an international section so overseas schools can get involved.

... independent learners in an interconnected and interdependent world.
A place where students can publish (post) their writing
To be read and reviewed by others.

ebooks for kids
If any students (or staff) are into writing books for children then this is a possible place to publish them professionally.

School newspaper hosting
Welcome to the home of, a school newspaper hosting service from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
We have school newspapers from around the (USA) nation online.
High school papers have their own site:; be sure to check it out!

Encourage Student Writing -- Publish on the Web!
Publishing student writing encourages the reluctant writer, strengthens kids' self-confidence, rewards interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward literature. If your school is like most, however, you lack an easy and effective way of publishing your students' work. Now, help is as close as a mouse click away! Today, Education World writer Glori Chaika explores opportunities to publish student writing -- and teacher writing -- on the Web.

Genre Range
In this website, you are the author! You can write a tongue-twister for your friends, or you can star in a traditional tale. You can even write your own comic. Click on one of the pictures to begin.

Students exhibiting art online
PapaInk, the Children's Art Archive, is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the art of youth. Our activities encompass the exhibition of works by young artists, the archiving of historically significant children's art collections and the building of communities that support children's creative endeavors.
Young Artists can exhibit their art in two ways:
- Create a full portfolio display.
- Display individual pieces of art within PapaInk's group collection.

Authentic Audiences : Online Publications Which Accept Student Submissions
| ABC Kids Gazette | About Teens | Adventures in Writing | Aha! Poetry | Concord Review | Cyberkids | Cyberteen | Cyberzine | Dragonfly | Frodo's Notebook | Giggle Poetry | Kids' Space | Kidworld | Kids on the Net | MidLink Magazine | My Hero | Merlyn's Pen | NextSTEP Teen Editorials | Poetry Zone | Skipping Stones | Stone Soup | Teen Ink | Teen | TeenLink | Teen Poetry | Teen Voices | Writing with Writers | Young People's Press (YPP) | Young Writer | The Young Writers Club | Young Writer's Clubhouse | Youth Communication | ZuZu |

Kids on the Net was one of the first websites on the internet to invite children to submit their writing. Now there are thousands of Kids on the Net writers - have a read!
We want children all over the world to send us your writing - poems, stories, articles and reports, opinions, writing about yourselves - whether you write it at school, at home, in a library or club, or anywhere else.

eNews ( on the Environment)
Have your students ever written a newspaper article of their own? Would they like to? With eNews, your students will be able to write articles and post them for the whole world to see! Then they can also read and discuss
Have your students ever written a newspaper article of their own? Would they like to? With eNews, your students will be able to write articles and post them for the whole world to see! Then they can also read and discuss articles from other students.
Your students' reading, writing and collaboration skills will improve while they learn about current local, national, and global environmental issues.
publishing | web | environment | environmental |

Kids Online Magazine
This website was created by a mom and 7 year old daugher to give kids a place to share their writing and artwork online.
This online magazine is like a traditional magazine with articles, stories, recipes, crafts, and artwork, but it exists on the internet, it is written entirely by kids, and it is absolutely free. Like regular magazines, we also have ads, but even the ads are be created by kids!
Any kid up to 18 years of age can send in writing, artwork, or music. Every child who sends something in will have his or her work placed somewhere on the website, and they will get to print out a certificate to hang on the wall.

Welcome to Kidpub, the largest collection of stories by children on the Internet (and maybe in the real world, too). We've been on the web since 1995, and our database holds just over 42,000 stories written by and for children.
Would you like for your class to have a page of its own on KidPub? Here's how to do it ....

Kidscribe - Submit your writing, poetry, and jokes for publishing on this page for others to share.

Project Poster
Kids! Put a school project on the Web with Project Poster!
Project Poster is for students who wish to publish projects and reports on the Web.

Creating Parental Permission & Media Release Forms:
10 Tips Before Posting Student Work Online

Presented by:
John M. Robbins
Executive Director
TIC logo & core competencies link
TIC logo & core competencies link

Crystal Priest
Technology Coodinator SAD #4

"A public school may not publish on the Internet or provide for publication on the Internet any personal information about its students without first obtaining the written approval of those students' parents. For the purpose of this section, "personal information" means information that identifies a student, including, but not limited to, the student's full name, photograph, personal biography, e-mail address, home address, date of birth, social security number and parents' names."(*citation: 20-AMRSA 6001*)

10 Elements of Best Practice:

# District Wide privacy statement
    • Example: “ school district is committed to protecting the privacy and safety of all students.” 1

  1. Site District Wide publishing guidelines
  2. Statement of intended use
    • General Statement:
      • Example: “For the purpose of sharing with the community the exemplary work…” 2
    • Specific Uses:
      • Examples:
        • publishing a team roster on a school's web page
        • exhibiting student work on the web (presentations, art, poetry, or other writings)
        • inviting local media to report on special school events or projects 1
        • institutional use of student writings in a promotional newsletters.
        • collection of student work archived in an online library for future reference. 3
  3. Specific Permission menu/checklist for different media:
    • Example:
  • I give I do not
  • permission: give permission:
  • _ _ Disclose my child's name (first name only)
  • _ _ Disclose my child's photograph or videotape of his/her image
  • _ _ Disclose a recording of my child's voice
  • _ _ Disclose copies of my child's school or extracurricular work
  • (for example art, poetry, or other writings) 1

    • Copyright protection of student work clause:
    • Example: “We further understand that the work will appear with a copyright notice, ‘prohibiting the copying of such work without express written permission.’ In the event anyone requests such permission, those requests will be forwarded to us as parents. No home address or telephone number will appear with such work.” 4
    • Alternative Language (less restrictive):
      • Copyright by author. Users are free to make copies if author is given credit”
      • For educational non-commercial use only.
    • Suggestion: Copyright statements should appear on all district web pages and be discussed in your district’s publishing procedures and guidelines.
    • Copyright Creation Resource:

  1. Duration of web exhibit:
    • Example: “We grant permission for the World Wide Web publishing as described above indefinitely or until removal is requested by us.” 4
    • Suggestion: As part of your web publishing guidelines, you may want to consider defining a reasonable duration policy to also help publishers “cull out the dead wood” on your district’s site.

  2. Provide URL information and/or copy of work as sited.
    • Example: “A copy of all such publishing (URL address and/or actual web page) will be printed out and brought home for parental viewing. 4

  3. Release & indemnity claim:
    • Example: “I hereby release, hold harmless, indemnify, and defend the School District, and its Board, officers, agents, directors, employees, and volunteers from any and all liability and legal or equitable claims of any kind related to such work being published on the district Web site.” 2
    • Suggestion: For reiteration, you may also want to include, " in accordance with ___ district’s publishing procedures and guidelines, state & federal law. In reality this is more of a good faith clause.

  4. Parent & Student Signature/Date
    • Parental permission
    • Student engagement in the process & ownership of work

  5. Repeat procedure for specific projects
    • Parent engagement
    • Outline specific project
    • Dynamic new uses for multimedia (web, slideshows, DVD etc.)

  1. Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; “Parental Permission Form Concerning Disclosure of Student Images, Recording, and Schoolwork”;
  2. Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin; “Permission to Publish Student Work on the Web”;
  3. Sachs, Colin & Winther, Doug; Intensive American Language Center, Washington State University; “Dangers of Students Publishing on the WEB”; Presented at TESOL 1998 in Seattle, Washington, Presentation #3733;
  4. Bellingham Public School District, Bellingham Washington; “Parent Permission Form for World Wide Web Publishing of Student Work”;
Permission Forms (Maine):