Teacher Review For Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

Fantastic for Current Events...but Great Potential for Problems

Brad W.
Technology coordinator
Fort Couch Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
How I Use It
We originally used this as an app for current events reading and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. All that was done to get students started was encouraging them to download the app and we gave them a brief overview of how the app works, though I don't even think that was necessary. Kids created their own magazines that were of interest to them and were off and running to the point that reading was being done during every break in class in many instances as the kids really enjoyed the design and content that was available to them. What didn't work was some of the filtering that we would have liked to have. Certain searches (i.e. "gifs") returned content that was not school appropriate and even after modifying our filter there were still some inappropriate material that, while it couldn't be totally blocked, was available too easily for students in a compiled fashion.
My Take
Overall, we decided against using this app any further with our students because we found the potential for inappropriate material to be more concerning than the potential benefits of the app. We opted to utilize local and national newspaper apps in place of this app. This app has amazing potential for mature individuals, but it must be used with great caution in a school setting to avoid content problems that would negatively impact learning.