Confession: I Never Loved Twitter until I Flipped It

I have been using Twitter forever. It is the absolute best for keeping up with my PLN (Personal Learning Network), but I never liked the way it looked or felt. That is until I ran across Flipboard a few years ago. Flipboard turns my Twitter feed into a beautiful online magazine that I find SO engaging!

Here’s the front page of my Flipboard:


Here is my Twitter feed:

twitter feed

And here is how my Twitter feed looks Flipped. To each their own, but I far prefer the look and feel of Twitter on Flipboard.

twitter flipped

In his recent post to Edutopia, Troy Hicks advocates using RSS to encourage students to “read critically, carefully and closely”. Not sure what RSS is? Watch this three minute video from Common Craft. Flipboard just happens to be a great way to read RSS feeds in a familiar magazine like format.




Using Aurasma to Promote Books

I have been obsessed with Aurasma and its potential to engage students and encourage them to create and curate since this post from Beth Holland came across my Flipboard Twitter feed. My students call these “book commercials”. To see the magic of augmented reality at work, download the free Aurasma app to your device. Next scan the QR code below to open Aurasma and follow the NFHS Booktalks channel, which is in its infancy.

 QR code

Here is what you will see.

Aurasma start page

The app will ask to use your location. Just say no; it will still work. A tutorial will appear. Swipe left until you come to the end and tap on Skip. The screen will now look like a camera viewfinder. This is the trigger. Hold your mobile device over the image below. A purple swirl will appear, and you will see a short video clip of Lauren Oliver.

Panic cover

This one is a student talking about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

we are all completely beside

 Aurasma is an augmented reality app which lets the user bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes that you and your students create. What will you do with augmented reality?

You can find many educational applications here: