Exploring Flipboard as New

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the use of different content curation options. Some of my favorites include the following:

  1. Read It Later’s Pocket – I can share anything into Pocket, tag it, and then IFTTT.com will automatically share according to the instructions I’ve prepared ahead of time. For example, I often find content online that is helpful to my family, my work colleagues. What I will do is tag that content with groups, such as 2team or 2family, or individuals, 2diben or 2aida. This makes it very easy to share content with whole groups of people and/or individuals. All of this sharing happens via Twitter, but just as easily through emails automated with IFTTT.com.
  2. Flipboard – Often, I run into content that I want to “archive” and make available to others over a prolonged period of time. And, some times, I have content (e.g. Privacy, Identity Theft, NSA Spying, Encryption) that I don’t want to flood my Twitter stream with; my Shreds of Privacy Flipboard ezine falls into this category. Let’s explore that a bit more…
Exploring Flipboard
Some of the main benefits of using Flipboard as a content curation tool include:
  1. Ease of “flipping” content into a Flipboard magazine across multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, and Web.
  2. Ability to share content from Flipboard to Pocket and other places. Love the sharing buttons the Flipboard app includes within the app.
  3. The ability to set a particular article or piece of content as the “cover article.” 
  4. Import Twitter feeds into Flipboard.
  5. Social search across a variety of social media relevant to a particular topic (e.g. coaching)
  6. Magazines can also be created based upon Twitter lists or hashtags, Google+ circles, and a variety of other curation methods.
  7. Contributors can be invited to magazines. For example, teams of students can be formed with the purpose of curating and collecting research information into a group magazine that in turn, can be shared with the class, with parents, or beyond.
One of the features I’m beginning to become more aware of is the ability for “followers” of a Flipboard ezine to leave comments. I don’t necessarily see myself interacting a lot with folks who have reflipped an article or have left comments (Shreds of Privacy gets the most comments right now), as shown below:

Other Information

Create Your Own iPad Magazine on Flipboard – Free Technology for Teachers, Richard Byrne

In a social studies class you could have students curate and create a magazine of articles about a current events topic. You could also have students create collections of travel articles as part of unit of study on regions and countries.”

Flipboard and Student Blogging – A Changing Classroom, Joe O’Brien

“…create a magazine for…a long term project.  My goal in the project was to emphasize student voice and student choice.  I really wanted them to engage in the process of research and explore methods of creation or presentation of their findings… to connect them and give me an inroad to their progress the students are posting weekly to their project Blog and their teammates are responsible for commenting…trying to figure out a way to efficiently check their Blogs and view the comment…I remembered the FlipBoard magazine.”

Collaboratively Create a Flipboard Magazine – Free Technology for Teachers, Richard Byrne

“Co-creating Flipboard magazines could be a great activity for students studying current events. Your students could share the articles that they’re reading and put them into one magazine for the whole class to read.”

Flipboard for Educators – Inside Flipboard (this article provides actual examples of ezines created for each category below!)

Create a class syllabus: Plan out the semester for your students by making your syllabus available in a magazine.
Class projects: Task your students with creating a class-project magazine. Have them compile editorial, images and YouTube videos around specific subject matter they’re studying in your class. They can do this individually, or in groups (tap “Invite Contributors” from the magazine’s front page.)
Educational Resource Guides: The education process is never ending. Create a resource guide by compiling articles and educational materials on a single topic or general areas of inquiry and share that with your colleagues.
Collaboration: Teaching is all about teamwork. Invite other educators to collaborate on a resource guide or have your students collaborate on a magazine for class.
Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.
For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. 
Class projects: Task your students with creating a class-project magazine. Have them compile editorial, images and YouTube videos around specific subject matter they’re studying in your class. They can do this individually, or in groups (tap “Invite Contributors” from the magazine’s front page.)Educational Resource Guides: The education process is never ending. Create a resource guide by compiling articles and educational materials on a single topic or general areas of inquiry and share that with your colleagues.Collaboration: Teaching is all about teamwork. Invite other educators to collaborate on a resource guide or have your students collaborate on a magazine for class.
Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.
For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. 
Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. Class projects: Task your students with creating a class-project magazine. Have them compile editorial, images and YouTube videos around specific subject matter they’re studying in your class. They can do this individually, or in groups (tap “Invite Contributors” from the magazine’s front page.)Educational Resource Guides: The education process is never ending. Create a resource guide by compiling articles and educational materials on a single topic or general areas of inquiry and share that with your colleagues.Collaboration: Teaching is all about teamwork. Invite other educators to collaborate on a resource guide or have your students collaborate on a magazine for class.
Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.
For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. 
Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. Keep parents informed: Stay in touch with your classroom parents by creating a magazine with curriculum examples, class readings, suggested at home projects, images from class and classroom updates flipped in from a personal blog.For administrators—Flipboard is a great way for your school to stay in touch with students, parents and the community. 

The Flip-a-holic’s Guide to Using Flipboard – The Edublogger, Sue Waters

Flipboard 2.0, Classroom Ready – Getting Smart, Adam Renfro

You can add your own content, even lessons, into your Flipboard magazines by using a free page creator like Weeblyto create your content and assignments. Just install the Flipboard bookmarklet to your browser, and “flip it” into your magazine like I just did on this pageIf you’re reading this on your mobile device and have the Flipboard 2.0 app, check it out here:  http://flip.it/P6WG9 The assignment page that I created is a “living document,” so I can update as I go.  My students would see the changes in right in the Flipboard magazine.

Some past entries about Flipboard

  1. Curating Content with Flipboard
  2. Creating Flipboard Magazines
  3. Addicted to Learning

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin’s blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

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