Flipboard: Using and sharing in education

There are many people using Flipboard already and they are great fans so I have just decided to give it a try.

It was originally designed as a social network aggregation, magazine-format app for iPad in 2010.  Today is has become a  popular magazine-like content aggrregator apps for a variety of devices (iOS, Android, Kindle and others). You can even read Flipboard magazines in your web browser.

It is easy to set up . You simply pick a few categories you’re interested in,  add your favorite news sources, reading matter and Youtube videos and bring across any social networks such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Flipboard can connect it all together and makes it easy to curate the things that matter to you into your Flipboard magazine.  Each “tile” on the Flipboard dashboard represents a different subscription.  The thumbnail image on the “tile” changes as the content is updated. Tapping on a tile will open up the subscription for you to view the content.

It is easy to get started but Sue Waters (The Edublogger) has created a great step-by-step guide.

This is a tool that I can envisage being used in a number of ways by teachers and students.

Teachers could create a magazine for their students, whereby they “flip” all the articles, resources, etc they want students to access into the magazine which the students subscribe to. This could also be a ways of sharing professional learning materials between teaching colleagues, with all having access to add content. (This is the way i hope to begin  using it.)

Students could create a resource that they could add content to create a “textbook”.  An entire class could have access to a magazine, allowing all the students to add to the “textbook” thus creating a  very rich resource about a given topic or subject.

I am sure that there ae many more ways people are using this tool but its a start.



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    I liked the above presentation, especially the E words.

This weeks interesting links are:

  • MyPaint MyPaint is a fast and easy graphics application for digital painters. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it. Comes with a large brush collection including charcoal and ink to emulate real media.  
  • CriticalPast.com: Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos  CriticalPast provides thousands of hours of video and millions of still photos drawn largely from U.S. government agency sources. Clips from 1890 to 1990 included.  
  • WeGame, a free Fraps alternative – Record Games, Capture Games, Game Record, and much more!  WeGame lets you record your own video games and capture screen shots. You can even start making your own machinima. 
  • Java island gaming, tropical flash games paradise – Mario games – Sonic games  Java Island Gaming provides many java and flash games. Puzzles and strategy games included.
  • Welcome to ABookandAHug.com  ABookAndAHug.com is a resource for finding the right book for a child. The site provides reviews and categorisation of many popular book and series titles, organised by genre and by reading levels, starting with babies, young listeners, picture books, early readers and independent and higher level readers. browse by category, age, reading level, gender… Special section on books for boys and the Books Alive is a selection of author interviews.  
  • MAKING A BOOK TRAILER | Gabrielle Wang A blog post about Making a Book Trailer by Gabrielle Wang (Aust YA Author)  
  • Free Online Favicon Generator Tool  This lets you generate a favicon to go in the address bar of your website.  
  • A Bloggers’ Code of Ethics – CyberJournalist.net – Online News Association – Ethics and Credibility  Some great guidelines for bloggers. Useful ideas in relation to the ethical issues with technology. Voluntary but important from the cyber journalist Web site. This site posts a blogging code of ethics, which has become a huge ethical issue since the invention of blogging technology.  
  • iLearn Technology » Blog Archive » iPads in Education  
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