Emorials.com Provides Free Online Self Publishing for Student Writing to Promote the Use of Technology in the Classroom

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As students across the country gear up for writing projects that focus on grandparents’ war experiences, great-aunts’ immigration stories, or other prized pieces of family history, their teachers are looking for new ways to share this student writing through technology in the classroom. Because more and more teachers are realizing that students write better when they write for an audience (i.e. getting published), Emorials.com is offering them its online self publishing service for free.

Getting published is every writer’s dream, but what if you are in the 5th grade? As students across the country gear up for writing projects that focus on grandparents’ war experiences, great-aunts’ immigration stories, or other prized pieces of family history, their teachers are looking for new ways to share this student writing through technology in the classroom. Because more and more teachers are realizing that students write better when they write for an audience (i.e. getting published), Emorials.com is offering them its online self publishing service for free.

At Emorials.com, student writing can be self published in the form of online tributes or memorials. The website provides simple word processing and photo uploading tools, a number of different page templates so students can personalize their Emorials, and an optional message board. When they are done creating the Emorial, family members and friends can easily visit the finished product online and can even leave a message on the message board. Creating a free Emorial is an excellent use of technology in the classroom and could be used to differentiate for individual student writing or for whole-class writing projects.

“It is amazing to see the seriousness that kids develop about their writing when they know that their friends and families will be reading it,” commented Scott Barksdale, Emorials founder and former 5th and 6th grade teacher. “While blogs and other online self publishing sites can be a bit scary for students and parents, http://www.emorials.com is a safe and easy-to-use website where an entire family can enjoy and interact with student writing projects.”

To take advantage of this free offer, teachers should send an email to teacher @ emorials.com from their school email addresses, with the number of their students, name of school, and city/state written in the subject line.

This free offer has all of the standard options of a basic Emorial (regularly $19.95) which includes up to 5 pages, 25 photos, and unlimited text.

Emorials is providing these free online self publishing services to promote the use of technology in the classroom. Student writing is often best when students know that other people will be reading it, and self publishing an online tribute or memorial at http://www.emorials.com is an easy, effective and free way to accomplish this goal.

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