9 Stellar Microsoft Publisher Activities from Trusted Sources Blog Feature
Chris Zook

By: Chris Zook on May 17th, 2018

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9 Stellar Microsoft Publisher Activities from Trusted Sources

Computer Applications | Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is the world’s premier method of turning digital content into printable materials.

That includes brochures, pamphlets, and even books, all in one convenient piece of software.

Even with all of that versatility, Microsoft Publisher is still one of the easiest and most user-friendly options for graphic designers.

But how can you teach it to students in middle school or high school?

The best option is to find the activities that will help students get their hands on Publisher and create documents themselves.

Fortunately, you don’t have to create those materials yourself.

In fact, the Internet has dozens of Microsoft Publisher activities you can use to start teaching your students today! The key is finding the ones that work best for your needs.

These are the top nine resources for teaching Microsoft Publisher that you can find online:

  1. Teachers Pay Teachers
  2. Tangipahoa Parish School System
  3. Cape May County Technical School District
  4. Council Rock High School South
  5. Rochester Hills Public Library
  6. Instructables
  7. Shawano School District
  8. Microsoft Office Support
  9. Business&ITCenter21


Here we'll give a bit of information about each resource to help you decide which ones will work best in your classroom.

1. Teachers Pay Teachers


Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is notorious for helping teachers share their best lesson plans so other teachers can benefit.

In this case, they’re sharing the Microsoft Publisher activities by teacher Gavin Middleton, one of the most prolific teachers on TpT.

Middleton’s Microsoft Publisher activities typically cost $4.50, but they occasionally go on sale for even less.

That means any teacher can afford them, even if they don’t have extra cash in their budgets.

Plus, once you buy the lessons, you have them forever.

Specifically, Middleton’s lessons include activities to teach your students how to make:

  1. Brochures
  2. Event posters
  3. Business cards
  4. Cereal boxes

The whole idea is to use Microsoft Publisher for its most obvious uses – combining graphics and text into one high-quality product.

But Middleton’s activities are only the beginning.

2. Tangipahoa Parish School System


The Tangipahoa Parish School System is another great resource for Microsoft Publisher activities.

Their lessons aren’t quite as robust or encompassing as Middleton’s, but they’re still helpful for building a curriculum.

In a nutshell, Tangipahoa offers three main materials for your classroom:

  1. Microsoft Publisher ideas for a curriculum
  2. Slideshare of student project ideas
  3. Free Microsoft Publisher templates

This variety of materials is ideal for a blended learning environment since it emphasizes using both computers (with templates) and lecture (with a Slideshare) for the same curriculum. 

If you want to make sure you’re engaging your students, these free resources are the keys to starting.

3. Cape May County Technical School District


Cape May County Technical School District has an older-looking website, but the information they have is still great for instructors who want to teach Microsoft Publisher.

CMCTSD has 22 different projects that you can use to give students hands-on practice with Microsoft Publisher.

That’s more than enough to fill your curriculum, even if you’re one of the few teachers to have a year-long computer course. 

After those projects, CMCTSD also shows 16 different examples of classroom projects. Some of them are actually project suggestions themselves, meaning you can get about 30 Microsoft Publisher activities from this one source.

Best of all, they’re almost all free!

4. Council Rock High School South


Council Rock High School South is a school in southern Pennsylvania with an extensive list of free resources for teachers.

These include step-by-step instructions for using Microsoft Publisher on a basic level.

These instructions cover fundamentals like saving, file management, and more.

After that, CRHSS shares how students can create newsletters in Publisher, which is a great format to show first-time users what Publisher can do.

It’s not the most extensive resource in the world, but it’s ideal for students who have never used Publisher before!  

5. Rochester Hills Public Library


Rochester Hills Public Library offers another free resource for using Microsoft Publisher, but it’s sadly out of date. This resource works best for Microsoft Publisher 2007, although you could make a few changes to update it for later versions.

Even if you don’t do that, the information is still good. The only drawbacks might be some menu and navigation features that Microsoft shuffled around since 2007. 

Overall, Rochester Hills provides an excellent PDF walkthrough that students can follow to start learning about Publisher.

This PDF focuses more on technical aspects of Publisher as opposed to what you can make with it, which makes it perfect for an introduction to the software.

For the best results, you can combine it with other resources on this list so you can teach students about Microsoft Publisher in a specific sequence:

  1. Introduction to technical parts (Rochester Hills)
  2. Introduction to lessons (TpT)
  3. Creating and changing templates (Tangipahoa)

With this kind of curriculum, your students are almost guaranteed to have an intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Publisher by the end of your course.

6. Instructables


Instructables is a website where individuals contribute their own tutorials to empower others (including students) with knowledge about popular software. 

Instructables content comes from individual contributors, which could be anyone. With that in mind, it’s important to evaluate every new lesson you find to make sure it’s valid and relevant to the version of Publisher that you’re teaching.

(This resource is for Publisher 2007, for example.)

Fortunately, this walkthrough for Microsoft Publisher is reliable.

Here, you’ll find a step-by-step introduction to Microsoft Publisher complete with accompanying screenshots.

This is a great way to introduce students to the software, especially if you have students who are visual learners.

Specifically, this walkthrough focuses on a brochure. Just like a newsletter or business card, a brochure is an excellent starting point to learn the ins and outs of Publisher.

By the end, your students may not have a product that looks incredible -- but they’ll have learned how to use Publisher in general.

The expertise in graphic design can come later!

7. Shawano School District


Shawano School District of Wisconsin is another school that publishes its lesson plans online for easy accessibility.

While your state may have certain standards on how to teach computer applications, this robust lesson plan should at least give you a template to use for your own classroom.

In the event you can use this lesson verbatim, you’ll be able to show your administrator the exact information you expect students to learn right off the bat.

You also have ideas for assessments, assessment criteria, and evidence that shows student progress.

In other words, this is a lesson plan made by teachers, for teachers.

Even if you only focus on Microsoft Publisher for a week in your computer applications curriculum, this resource is an excellent place to start.

8. Microsoft Office Support


Because Microsoft created Publisher, they offer a quick crash-course on how to get started with it.

Technically, this is a support article – not a lesson plan.

Still, it’s a strong resource to use if you want to introduce students to Publisher quickly.

It only takes a few moments to get through this support article, and once your students do, they’ll have the foundational knowledge they need to learn Publisher and improve their skills.

At the end of the day, Microsoft Support won’t be able to give you everything you need to teach Publisher.

But you’ll have an excellent start to teaching Publisher that emphasizes self-paced learning.

9. Business&ITCenter21


Business&ITCenter21 segments its Microsoft Publisher information into “modules.”

These modules feature lessons, presentations, activities, and more all in one location.

More importantly, they’re not standalone items.

Instead, these modules come as a part of a robust learning management system and digital curriculum.

That makes Business&ITCenter21 the only digital curriculum system on this list, meaning you can create courses, manage students, and control your classroom all from one convenient piece of software.

That includes familiarizing students with Microsoft Publisher, regardless of which version you use. So if you have the 2010, 2013, or 2016 version, you’ll be able to teach your students appropriately.

More importantly, you’ll also get the back-end digital curriculum system that automatically grades and evaluates student progress.

All in all, this is definitely the fastest and most robust way to teach Microsoft Publisher to students. The biggest challenge is integrating it into your current curriculum. 

Start Teaching Microsoft Publisher (and More) Today

Business&ITCenter21 has Microsoft Publisher activities in addition to a whole lot more.

With hundreds of curriculum hours packed into one digital curriculum system, it’s never been easier to teach the essentials with stellar results.

Are you ready to teach Microsoft Publisher to your students?

Check out this demo of Business&ITCenter21 to see if it’s right for you!

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About Chris Zook

Chris Zook is a contributing author to the AES blog. He enjoys everything about online marketing, data science, user experience, and corgis.