Three cons of this tool:
1. Although it is a publisher, like microsoft word or similar applications, it is much more restrictive. A student may or may not have the choice of fonts that he or she wants or the colors that he or she wants. For simple assignments, this should suffice, but it does inhibit creativity.
2. Another con is that students are unable to use illustrations. Although the tool itself is colorful and the guide is illustrated, a student can include only one illustration per page in any of the options. This may prevent the student from feeling like their own project is really theirs if they cannot make all of the changes that they want.
3. The third con is really the fact that the student cannot save their work. It is really unsafe if the Internet drops or they close their browser by accident. One mistake and a student may lose their work and not want to start the project over.
The Printing press is a tool that can enable students to make their own brochures, newspapers, booklets or fliers.
Three Pros of this application:
1. It is very easy to use: Students can choose what they would like to make, there are pictures next to each word and diagrams when necessary. These pictures make the process much smoother because the students can choose easily which application he or she wants to use while keeping him or her engaged with pictures and the minimal amount of words. The text is in black, but many other colors are used in the illustrations, or as a background color.
2. Another Pro is the personalization that the tool gives right at the beginning. The student has to enter his name at the beginning of the project. Although this does not seem like a very big deal, any way students can personalize their work, hopefully with tie them into their project more.
3. Another Pro is the very clear directions that accompany the tool. Each step has a guide. Just as important is the option that the student has to turn the guide off if he or she feels as if it is too repetitive or unhelpful.
One use of this in an educational setting would simply be using it in the classroom or for homework to write either about the class, or something being studied. I think it is extremely feasible for students to create a brochure for the setting of the book they are reading about why the reader should visit place x, y orz.