Digital magazines are increasing in popularity quite rapidly. The convenience of downloading the magazine to a tablet, the green/eco benefits of the magazine (not killing trees or what to do with the paper copy after you’re done), and, in some cases, the less expensive price-per-issue cost simply outweighs buying a magazine from the local grocery store or newsstand.
Digital magazines have also given a platform to smaller publications to have equal circulation with well-known, well-established magazines. With lower overhead costs, many publications are able be able sustain their print edition through the sales of their digital edition, or even to survive in digital form only. One publication to debut in digital form only, is TeachHub Magazine. It is a recent publication, only three issues published, March, April, and May (just published yesterday!).
If you are unfamiliar with TeachHub.com, you need to become fast friends. The site focuses on the field of education, teaching, and technology. TeachHub Magazine is available free on Newsstand for the iPad and, just recently, the iPhone. And when I mean free, I don’t mean the app is free but you have to pay for the magazine, I mean the magazine is free. Always. Forever. The K-12 Teachers Alliance (website sponsor) promises never to charge for it.
So what’s inside? Teacher stories, both funny and inspiring, articles on professional development, technology reviews, book reviews, movie reviews, articles on bullying, articles on Common Core, and essentially, articles to help you be a better educator, advocate, parent, or student.
TeachHub Magazine takes advantage of the digital publication medium. It’s interactive, and it’s more than just hyperlinks. There are embedded video clips, “tap to reveal answer”‘ prompts, scrolling top to bottom to read an article and left to right to flip between articles, and “tap here to connect” to further your reading/understanding of the topic.
The magazine is a quick read, there are only about 20-some pages in each issue; however, the information is very helpful, reassuring, informative, and current. Some topics they cover I already know a bit about. It’s great to be reassured that I am current on at least a few ideas. The information on bullying, Common Core, apps for the iPad, and reviews are succinctly informative. They don’t need to go on for pages and pages like professional journal articles because the magazine has a more general audience than professional journals. Another bonus of its succinctness–the lists of items (i.e. workout tips or music apps) are helpful because they boil down all the possible options into small steps that are feasibly implementable tomorrow. Articles that I’ve read so far in the March and April issues (still reading the May one!) are the same topics covered in recent blog posts. TeachHub Magazine infuses as much technology into their digital publication as possible without being so overwhelming that it comes across as trying to hard. I find it to be a perfect balance.
Speaking of perfect balance, there are no ads in the magazine, either. At the end of the magazine there are two full-page advertisements: one for TeachHub.com and one for the sponsor of TeachHub.com, the K-12 Teachers Alliance.
For a completely free magazine, there is no other in this field of this caliber. I am impressed with each issue, impressed with TeachHub.com‘s blog posts and all the content I find on their site. If you’ve subscribed to Teaching and Technology‘s Flipboard magazine, you’ll notice quite a few articles from TeachHub.com have been flipped into it.