Design a Fan Club Newsletter using Google Docs

Design a Newsletter
This week TechnoKids released a new, innovative computer project in which students express their passion for a topic. In TechnoNewsletter, students make a fan club newsletter with a series of articles designed for a target audience. They learn how to create a professional-looking publication using Google Docs.

Integrate Language Arts with Word Processing
The activities in TechnoNewsletter make learning essential word processing skills fun. Students write three articles about their topic including a Top 5 list that shares an insight, Word Search of topic related terminology, and an Opinion piece that argues a viewpoint. In TechnoNewsletter, students:

  1. Design a publication for a target audience
  2. Organize ideas using a planning sheet
  3. Write articles expressing a viewpoint
  4. Reference information sources with footnotes
  5. Revise writing to correct errors
  6. Share a publication in print or electronically
TechnoNewsletter

Engage student interest. Design a fan club newsletter. Teach essential word processing skills.

Make Learning Meaningful to Middle and High School Students
TechnoNewsletter integrates into curriculum. Students connect with a fan base of readers that are enthusiastic about a topic. The newsletter could be about a pop culture icon, school club, sports team, historical figure, travel destination, environmental issue, novel study, or scientific discovery.

Teach Valuable Word Processing Skills
Students learn important and advanced word processing skills, including:

  • format text to make it easy to read
  • list ideas using bullets or numbers
  • set line and paragraph spacing
  • copy, paste, and find text
  • crop, adjust color, and text wrap images
  • arrange content using a table and set cell properties
  • organize content using page breaks, page number, headers, and footers
  • adjust page layout
  • reference information sources

Challenging enrichment activities support learning. Use the Research Tool to insert quotes, co-author an article, or engage in an online discussion.

View Samples for Inspiration
Included with the resources in this project are three sample newsletters. For teachers, the samples provide suggestions for curriculum integration. Students can study the samples to spark their own creative ideas.

  • TechnoStar – a fan club newsletter based on a fictional pop culture character
  • Amelia Earhart – a newsletter with a historical theme
  • Composting – an informative newsletter about an environmental issue
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About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.