I came across a great app over the holidays that could have some relevancy in the classroom. The app is Flipboard and is a combination of Pinterest and news. It’s similar to a interactive/electronic magazine.
Flipboard provides the reader with electronic articles that are based around their interests. You can click on a category (such as news, politics, or sports) and get 10s of current articles that are updated every hour. It can also be linked to your twitter feed or facebook timeline.
It’s similar to Pinterest because it is very visual. In addition to headlines, its format utilizes the main picture to grab the reader.
The aesthetics of the app are also interesting. You can “flip” through the articles by dragging your finger vertically across the screen.
Flipboard my be used in the classroom for a research or organizing information. Have the kids organize information according to categories and put all relevant documents/research within those categories. It could be used at the end of a semester so kids have to categorize all of their notes according to visual units.