Penzu - Classroom Journaling

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Penzu is an online diary and personal journal that focuses on privacy. It has a unique and compelling user experience, it makes writing online as easy and intuitive as writing on a pad of paper.

Penzu’s goal is to merge all the goodness of a real-life journal and all the usefulness an online format can offer:

  • Visual interface feels like writing on “real paper” (ruled, margined notepad).
  • Easily insert images with captions that do not interfere with writing field.
  • Public and private settings; publishable URL available or email sharing.

Getting Started with Penzu

  • Go to
  • Select, “Sign Up” and follow the directions.
  • You will receive an email in your inbox confirming you have signed up for Penzu 
  • Once you sign in, you will be able to start constructing your first journal entry.

New Entry: Click on this button when you are ready to start another journal entry, and it will take you to a new, clean sheet.

Save: This will save your work that is on the screen. Remember, Penzu has a feature that automatically saves your work after 30 seconds.

Print: If you want to print your entry, press on this button and you will have a hardcopy of your entry.

Insert Photo: Want to put photos from a classroom visit? All you have to do is attach the photo to the document from a file on your computer or directly from a Flickr account. The photo appears small, but if you drag your mouse over the photo, it becomes enlarged and gives you more choices in enlargement or removal of the photo. You can also add captions to the pictures.

Share: This is a unique and easy way to share your "locked" journals with others, thereby making them viewable but others cannot edit your journal. All you have to do is click on the share button, type in an e-mail address, and add a message if you want. Presto! Your journal will be shared with those people. They can only view your journal, not change anything, so your journal is safe!

Lock Entry: This is a feature that is used to lock an entry so it is extra secure. After clicking this button, you can either give the journal a basic lock or an encrypted lock. You then will enter a password and hint that only you know. The journal can be opened anytime by you, but no one else will be able to open the document.

Format: Want to change the formatting of your journal entries, such as size, color, font, underline, or bullets? Use this button.

Leave feedback comments on your journal, or others' you view.

Tag: Tag entries together and organize journals. This makes finding an entry much easier so you can access it in an instant. To tag an entry, simply click the tag button, make a new tag album or find a previous one, and tag the entry.
Available after purchasing Penzu Pro.

Versions: View previous versions of your journal responses. Available after purchasing Penzu Pro.

Customize: The background of entries can be changed to make it more fun and unique! Available after purchasing Penzu Pro.

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