Lucidpress

Image of the Lucidpress logo.Lucidpress is a web-based desktop application that can be used to create brochures, flyers, newsletters, business cards, posters, magazines, and presentations. Created on October 2013 by Lucid Software, it is an alternative to complex design applications like Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher and can be used to produce all sorts of designs, from single-page to multi-page documents.  To some, this tool may only sound like a useful one for businesses, but it can be a very engaging learning tool for K-12 teachers, as well. If you are struggling to get students motivated to create a presentation or a brochure with other common applications, like PowerPoint and Piktochart, this tool could heighten their interest and motivate them to engage in creating informative designs.  Lucidpress is also a useful tool for students that are interested in design. They learn how it’s done through cloud-based practice, templates, publishing, and collaborating in groups.

LucidPress offers three online design tools that allow the easy and quick creation of documents without advanced design skills:

Image of Lucidpress template options.

Price Free limited EDU version; EDU Premium ($$)
Type of learning Constructivism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★✩✩
Accessibility ★✩✩✩✩

No accessibility features beyond zoom features

Class Size Free EDU: One user, open to sharing and collaboration

EDU Premium: Unlimited, If you’re a K-12 teacher with a valid educational email, you can automatically upgrade to this premium service with all of the premium features

Login Required Yes
ISTE Standards for Students Global collaborator; Knowledge constructor; Creative communicator
COPPA/FERPA Compliant Yes (teachers determine what student info to share)

Lucidpress and the SAMR model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a way to examine how technology has changed learning. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytical tool to determine if the learning benefits of Lucidpress fit your needs.

Here is an example of how Lucidpress might fit within the SAMR model:

  • Substitution: Students use Lucidpress in place of paper/pencil presentation methods.
  • Augmentation: Students can enhance their projects with digital media materials.
  • Modification: Projects can be shared with other students for improvement or feedback.
  • Redefinition: Instead of physically creating a design or presentation, students learn digital design techniques and practice different methods of creating pleasing aesthetics.

Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While it has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills), we encourage you to think about how you might use Lucidpress to modify or redefine learning in your class.

Learning activities

Media: Distinguish the difference between print and digital forms of sharing media with tools like Lucidpress versus a newspaper, as well as the design principles and applications of each.

Image of Lucidpress sharing features through Google Drive. Collaboration/Communication: Because Lucidpress allows sharing, chatting, and commenting when multiple users are working on the same project at once, this tool is great for students to practice collaborating with others and communicating to ensure the project is done on time. Lucidpress is also an application that is integrated with Google Drive, so projects are easily accessible and convenient to work on.

Math: With the ability to create all types of media on Lucidpress, students create lessons and posts about mathematicians, math in the real world, and basic math skills tutorials, such as fractions.

Science: Students can create science posters, brochures, and other informative science-based graphics.

English: Students can create graphics to highlight grammar rules or step-by-step works cited lessons.

Resources

How to use Lucidpress

Image of a science fair poster template in Lucidpress.

  1. Go to https://www.lucidpress.com/
  2. Click “Sign up for free”
  3. Click “Free – single user”
  4. Create a nickname, username, and password
  5. Click “Log in”
  6. Select a new document or choose a template type
  7. Click “Create new”
  8. Customize your graphic by dragging and dropping into the design area
    1. Text, images, color links, shapes, graphics, etc.
  9. Click “Share” in the top right to share with collaborators or publish your graphic
  10. Click “Download” to download the graphic for sharing on your computer

Research

  • SyndiGate Media Inc. (2015). Lucidpress, Online Brochure and Poster Maker, Reaches   1 Million Users. Global Data Point.
  • Demand Metric and Lucidpress Release Benchmark Research on Brand Consistency.    (2016). Global Data Point.