Showing posts with label Flipboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flipboard. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Exploring Flipboard Magazines On the Web

Since June Flipboard has made it possible for people to collaboratively create digital magazines on their iPads, Android tablets, and in their web browsers. But to read those magazines you still had to use the Flipboard iPad or Android app. Last week that changed when Flipboard announced that you can now read Flipboard magazines in your web browser. I gave it a try this morning.

Flipboard magazines in a web browser look and act much like they do on an iPad or Android tablet. In fact, if you have a touch screen laptop you probably won't notice a difference at all. In your web browser you can flip pages, expand articles, bookmark articles, and share articles to your favorite social networks. You can browse for new magazines by visiting the Flipboard community page. I recommend that teachers follow the Flipboard magazine created and curated by Vicki Davis.

Applications for Education
Collaboratively 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.

As a professional development activity collaboratively creating Flipboard magazines could be a great way for teachers to share articles with each other. Use a few of those shared articles as the starting point for discussion during your next department meeting.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Collaboratively Create an iPad or Android Magazine

Last month Flipboard made it possible for anyone to create digital magazines about their favorite topics. You can do this with the Flipboard iPad app, the Android app, or in your web browser. Yesterday, Flipboard made this service even better by allowing you to invite other Flipboard users to collaborate on magazine creation with you. Learn how to co-create Flipboard magazines in the video below.


Applications for Education
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.

As a professional development activity co-creating Flipboard magazines could be a great way for teachers to share articles with each other.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Feedspot - A Simple Google Reader Replacement

Next month Google Reader will be gone for good. If you haven't found a replacement for it yet, you should do so soon. I'm using Feedly to read RSS feeds now. I've also tried Flipboard and The Old Reader. And now I'm trying out Feedspot. Feedspot is a simple Google Reader replacement. It doesn't have any of the visual effects of Flipboard or Feedly. What it does have is a clean interface that may remind you a lot of Google Reader. In fact, it even uses some of the same keyboard shortcuts as Google Reader. Learn more about Feedspot in the Tekzilla video below.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Create iPad and Android Magazines on Flipboard on the Web

Last month the popular iPad app Flipboard added a great feature that allows everyone to curate their own digital magazines. Today, Flipboard made that option available on Android as well in web browsers on your computer. Flipboard Editor allows you to create and curate digital magazines through your web browser. Those magazines can be shared or kept private. The magazines you create can be read on iPad, Android, or on your laptop. Learn more about Flipboard Editor in the video below.


Applications for Education
Joe O’Brien wrote a great post about how he’s using Flipboard magazines with his students. I recommend reading his post here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Create Your Own iPad Magazine on Flipboard

The announcement of Google's plan to shutter Google Reader this summer (July 1) has had people scrambling to try alternative ways to subscribe to and read their favorite blogs. I've been recommending Feedly, but Flipboard is an excellent option too. Last week Flipboard added a new feature that I think a lot of people will like. Flipboard users can now create and share their own digital magazines.

To create your own Flipboard magazine you have to first create a free Flipboard account. Then install the Flipboard bookmarklet in your browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Safari). After you have the bookmarklet installed you can click it whenever you find something you want to add to one of your Flipboard magazines. You can also send items to your magazines from withing the Flipboard app as you read through your feeds. To do that just click the "+" icon while reading an article in Flipboard. You can create public and private magazines for as many topics as you like. For example, you could create a magazine about teaching mathematics and a magazine about school administration.

Personal Flipboard magazines is currently a feature only available to iPad users. Flipboard promises that the feature will be available for Android users soon. 

Adding items from your web browser.

Adding items from your iPad.

Applications for Education
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.

Creating and sharing your own Flipboard magazines could be a good way to share your favorite articles with colleagues.