Every year I debate on rather I am doing a classroom newsletter or relying strictly on my website to keep parents informed. I am already having this debate. One issue is the creating of a fun layout that does not take forever to create or require me to purchase expensive software.
I may have found the answer to the issue of how to create a fun and interesting newsletter after attending the Southwest Iowa Google Summit. It is called Lucidpress Layout and Design. It is found at the Chrome Web Store under apps.
It seems to be a very user friendly way to create a newsletter. Once you have created your letter you have a lot of choices on how you are going to share it.
You can publish it on the web. I find this a great option since we are not allowed to print color copies in our building. This way you can make it as fun and colorful as you want and still have people see it.
You can also share it through the Lucidpress software or you can download it as a pdf and share it through google docs or Doctopus or gClass folders.
You can also print a hard copy, so that you can send it home with each of the students.
Here is a practice page I created to experiment with:
Feel free to comment if you still create a newsletter and if you do how do you create and share it. If you don't how do you communicate with your families?