ESL Journal
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Start Your Own ESL Journal
It is easy to create an  ESL Journal  system for your own school. All you need is a web browser to get started.

You can publish your journal under your own domain or your school's domain, or you can share our domain as my.esljournal.org/(yourname) as you wish.

The basic system contains

  • an automated home page that you cannot damage; it pulls content from "inside" the site and displays previews with links to the source material
  • a web log; you can limit the weblog to the teacher(s) or open it to student posting
  • a discussion forum; blog topics can be linked to the forum to enable critical peer review of student writing
  • an image gallery to store photos you can post around the site (the blog has its own image management
  • our member management and social networking tools that let students post brief text, links and images
  • peer to peer private messaging
  • additional, optional media features
All technical support is provided by ESLjournal.org, and creative or instructional support is available at reasonable rates. Your school's web servers incur no additional load, and no new hardware, software or labor is required.

Your Own ESL Website

You'll have an "editing suite" that lets you add and maintain your student list and your article archive via your browser. No esoteric skills are required. You got here; you can do it.

You will also have the option to turn on a calendar, guest book, photo album(s), and other features characteristic of high-quality sites. This provides additional interactiveness.

The entire robust and proven system is hosted independently of your computer platform and works in most browsers.

Content Management

Students will add content through simple forms using any modern web browser. Instruction in use of the system takes only a few minutes.

First you or your student will sign into the system. To create an article, you simply type - copy and paste raw text - content into a form, add a title and synopsis, plus the author's name and click a button. You and your students may optionally add a photo or other (jpeg) image and a link to related content to each article.

Development

Development time for your classroom journal is typically under a week depending on current workload. Technical support is available by email and by instant messaging during regular business hours (US Pacific time). Creative support for more elaborate graphics, etc., is available for competitive fees, but a more common scenario is to have such enhancements added locally by your own talented staff. Instructions and a tutorial are built into the system.

Pricing

How much? Not much, maybe free if you go find sponsors. (Fees)

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