Even with the advent of online content, the printed page is still a simple and effective way of giving students reading assignments in class. This is especially true in situations where students don’t have access to computers at home or when you have limited access in the classroom. Creating a nice looking printout can be troublesome at times, but with FiveFilters PDF Newspaper, this is done quite easily. It only pulls the last five artciles, but it displays it in a very nice PDF newspaper. Here is how it works:
- Go to FiveFilters PDF Newspaper and enter in a webpage URL in the ‘Create PDF from URL’ box.
- Click on ‘Show options’ to get a few more options. Click on ‘Multiple stories’ to change it to ‘Single story’ for a nice looking single article page. This is helpful when the page has an RSS feed that pulls multiple stories and you only need the one.
- Since this is a European website, leave it at ‘A4’ if you plan on printing it on A4 or Letter Size paper.
- Type in a title for your page in the ‘Title’ box. This will appear at the top of your page.
- You can select to have your page go in descending order as on a blog, or ascending.
- You can select to have the time and date or images on your page. I haven’t had any luck with the images option, but it may work for you.
- If the page you select is only displaying a partial text on the page, use the ‘Fetch full text’ option.
- Click on ‘Create PDF’ and your PDF page will either appear in your browser or download depending on your setup. This page prints up very nicely.
This is a nice way of creating a newspaper-like page for your class. Students could even create one as a project. I wish you had the option of adding in other content such as from another page, but this is a free site and it works very easily. Check out my list of other PDF tools as well.
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