Stay up to date with your own newspaper

Stay up to date with your own newspaper - imagePaper.li is a reliable resource in my personal learning toolbox. Each day, as I process in, I review my Paper.li subscriptions for new and interesting articles.

Presently, I am subscribed to the following:

Some of these are daily papers and others are weekly. While I specifically created a half dozen of these newspapers, many others I located by doing a search of Paper.li. These newspapers keep me informed of the latest developments in a specific discipline. As a result, I am constantly learning and staying current.

I will explain how to find a paper.li and subscribe as well as create your own.

Finding Paper.li newspapers

You can find Paper.li newspapers on countless topics with more being created each day. To subscribe to a Paper.li newspaper, follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://paper.li/
  2. Click on the menu in the upper left corner.
  3. Select the Newsstand option.
  4. Conduct a search in the Find papers or people field.
  5. Click on a paper from the results.
  6. Subscribe to the paper using the form provided.

You should take time to become familiar with content of a newspaper before subscribing to it. Ensure it meets your needs.

Creating a Paper.li newspaper

There may be times when you cannot find a Paper.li newsletter that meets your needs or you wish to create one to address a specific purpose such as building one for a specific class or creating one based on a classroom Twitter hashtag. In these cases, you will need to build a Paper.li newspaper. Here are the steps:

Before you can create a Paper.li newspaper, you must have a Paper.li account. A Paper.li account is based on your Twitter or Facebook account. You will be asked for that account as you attempt to sign in to Paper.li.

  1. Sign in to http://paper.li/
  2. Click on the menu in the upper left corner.
  3. Click on the Create Paper button.
  4. Enter your paper’s title, then click on the Next button.
  5. Enter either a keyword, #tag, or topic of interest; a twitter name or list; or an RSS feed in the search field provided.
  6. Choose resources that you want to be included in your newspaper by clicking on the “+” sign next to each item. You can expand lists such as Twitter, RSS feeds, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.
  7. When done, click on the Create my paper button.

Here is a video showing how to create a Paper.li newspaper:

 Ideas for using in the classroom

Here are ideas from other on how to use Paper.li in your classroom:

I encourage your to follow or create Paper.li newsletters for your discipline. Share them with your students. Build a paper for your students. When you do, please share with others. Let’s learn together… out loud.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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