Thursday, April 25, 2013
Flipboard and Student Blogging
If you are into Ed Tech surely you are well aware of Richard Byrne and all he gives to us on a daily basis. A few weeks ago he shared a post on creating magazines using a Flipboard extension. I did not know when I was reading it the dramatic impact this post would have on the remainder of my school year.
I thought, cool, I will be able to create a magazine for EdTech, Assessment, History, News, etc. It just so happens that at the time I was assigning my US History classes 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.
I decided to place students on research teams. They would have 4 or 5 students to be their project support system. The 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.
My dilemma was trying to figure out a way to efficiently check their Blogs and view the comments. It seemed like it was going to involve a lot of mouse clicks. Then I remembered the FlipBoard magazine.
I was able to make a magazine on Flipboard. Then using the Chrome Extension I opened each student Blog and added it to my newly created project magazine.
I have been reading, following comments, and commenting on my students' Blogs via Flipboard. They're all in one place I have quick access and the Flipboard app is very easy to use. I never anticipated that the Byrne post would make this class project so manageable for me. But boy has it.
If you incorporate student blogging or are thinking about it this is a great tool. If you shy away from student blogging because the logistics of accessing them and reading them seems daunting, try this method. My kids are writing some great reflections on their research, their progress, and maybe most importantly they're encouraging one another.
Excellent resource thank you @rmbyrne!