Application: Flipboard

What it is: Flipboard is an iPad application that takes social media and turns it into a personalized digital magazine.  The way that Flipboard displays feeds is absolutely stunning.  Flipboard lets you flip through Facebook and Twitter feeds or follow a specific Twitter list or user.  With Flipboard you can like, comment on, and share anything you find.  It is a completely personalized magazine and best of all, it is free!

How Flipboard can enrich learning: Use Flipboard to create unique personalized “textbooks” for your students.  Create a classroom Twitter account where you post information and share links, pictures, and videos with your students.  Each student will add the Twitter account to their Flipboard.  As you add content via the classroom Twitter account, your student’s Flipboards are automatically updated with the new content.  Send your students links, videos, and photos to enhance learning instantly.  You could do the same thing with a class Facebook account that you update from.  Older students can create their own Twitter accounts to share from.  For example, if each student in class is learning about a different country, students could update their Twitter account with links, videos, information, and photos that they are collecting.  Other students in the class can subscribe to the Twitter account from their own Flipboards. There are some ready-made Flipboard channels that may also be appropriate for the classroom and learning.

Devices: iPad

Price: Free (iTunes Link)**

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10 Responses to “Flipboard”

  1. @tonykeefer says:

    What a fabulous idea. I use Flipbook and love it, but it never really crossed my mind to use it as an educational tool. Yeesh. Hopefully in the next year or so my district will reconsider the ban on Twitter and Facebook. I am sending the link to this to my district’s tech department to help further the discussion of lifting the ban. I know the hs school kids ( and teachers) are just using their smart phones to get around the Internet block anyway. Thanks again for sharing your ideas.

  2. This is a truly great app at a great price.

    And that idea about a class textbook is keen. Just thinking how great it would be with Edmodo.com integration!

  3. I find it kind of funny that you mention flipboard as a learning tool. I would say perhaps it can work, but only with the younger teachers, since I doubt that many of our professors use twitter and all that!

    • ktenkely says:

      I disagree that flipboard can only work with younger teachers. Any teacher can use flipboard and Twitter as a learning tool. I know many professors who use Twitter quite regularly! If your professors don’t, help them see how it can be used as a learning tool and perhaps they will give it a try :)

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  5. Robin says:

    Kelly, You amaze me! I have had this app since it came out and just could not see the value in it. You have a great mind!

  6. Greg Swanson says:

    Kelly, once again you have taken a clever web tool and shown the rest of us how to make great, personalised educational resources. I love this idea and can’t wait to put it into practice. My seniors will go crazy over this.

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