Flipboard contacted us to let us know of a great update. Normally Flipboard content is driven by an RSS feed with a never ending supply of new content. Each time you open it up you get the latest posts from whatever sites you put into it. You can now create magazines and put specific web pages, blog posts, pictures and videos into it.
What does this mean for educators?
Using the Flipboard Magazine Editor teachers can now create content specific magazines for their students. Think of this way – You have a unit on mammals coming up. You look around on the web for some articles, videos, and pictures to include. Using the “Flip It” bookmarklet tool the items you find are easily added to your Mammals Unit Magazine. It is like creating your own textbook but in the beautiful layout of a Flipboard Magazine.
The folks at Flipboard have made it super simple to get started too. In the updated Flipboard app there is now a “+” on every article or video you view. Just tap the “+” and it will give you the choice of which magazine to add this content to. If you want to find resources using your computer, Flipboard has you covered there too. You put the “Flip It” bookmarklet tool in your bookmarks bar and just click that on any web page to add it to a magazine. Flipboard Bookmarklet Tool
They also provide a Flipboard Magazine Editor on the web so you can organize your content to your liking.
Are you using Flipboard Magazines in your classroom? If so, let us know by leaving us a comment.