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iPad App Review: Flipboard


App Name: Flipboard

Cost: Free

What does it promise?  Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of your favorite sources of information. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed and Google+ Circles, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends, videos from YouTube, and much more.

FlipboardDoes it deliver? In a huge way. Flipboard is unique to every user because he or she sets it up with preferred reading materials, from niche blogs to publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Use Instapaper or Readability to save articles to read later. Flipboard creates a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.

In addition to checking out Twitter, Facebook and Google+, you can flip through newsfeeds and timelines from all your social media platforms including YouTube, Instagram, Google Reader, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren.

In short, Flipboard takes everything that you like to read, watch or listen to and presents it in a single, gorgeous package that is simple to navigate.

Can I use it in my classroom?  This is more of a teacher tool than a classroom resource. Educators can consolidate all of their social media contacts and professional news feeds into their Flipboard account. This saves time by eliminating the need to check in on several apps or Web sites. For those fortunate enough to have iPad projection ability, the app’s photo and video capabilities open to door to classroom use.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

Related resources

Explore the use of the iPad App Store in the classroom.
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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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