Yesterday I searched the Internet for a way to view Flipboard Magazines on the Web. On the site it makes it pretty clear that Flipboard is made for mobile devices like tablets, and smartphones but what if you would like to view Flipboard Magazines. The thing is that most of the middle school students at AISC have laptops.
After writing the post below, I looked into the Flipboard site more carefully and you are able to view Magazines in the browser by the magazine URL. You can even edit and add to your magazines with the flipboard editor . Or share your magazines by making a Magazine Widget. But this info is not advertised widely on the site.
So, I am definitely taking another look at Flipboard and how my teachers can create their own content for their courses. Is it me, or is it unclear that Flipboard is available through a browser. I feel a bit stupid missing this fact and recording a movie about running the app using bluestacks.
Anyways, here is my Creative Integration Widget.
View my Flipboard Magazine.
To make this you need to read the fine print to get the magazine URL. In my opinion, accessing Flipboard Magazines should be a bit more intuitive. The fine print below.
My Original Post – Proof that I am always learning something New
Flipboard is Awesome, but how do you get it to work on a laptop – Before I looked into viewing magazines on the web
I just finished watching Jeff’s video about Flipbook and I love the app. I’ve been using it on my phone and iPad since course one and I am really interested in having teachers use it to create content for their students. I also thought it would be a great way for my teachers to assess and interact with their student’s blog based portfolios. But alas, Flipboard is not made for laptops and most of our teachers and students purchased a laptop as their BYOT device. I started thinking, Is there a way for Flipboard to be on a laptop? Of course, with technology there is always a way.
I started searching and I found this program called Bluestacks that is an App Player. I’m downloading it right now and I am hoping that it doesn’t download any unwanted malware with it. I think it’ll work.
And it did work. It took a little while to download, but once bluestacks loaded I was able to download Flipboard from Google Play through Bluestacks. I logged in with my Facebook account and was able to have access to all my online magazines. I must be honest the resolution was terrible and not nice and crisp like in the app on my phone or iPad.
Now the question is, how many of my teachers and their students will actually access Flipboard in this way? Since the download process was a bit slow and the resolution is not all that, I’m not sure I would recommend this work around. Is there any other way to get Flipboard on a PC or Mac? I think there is definitely some room in the market for a program like Flipboard that works on all devices, not just tablets and smartphones. I think Flipboard should add this functionality before someone else does. If you have a better work around than this, please post a comment. I would love to hear some better suggestions.
In looking for a Flipboard App for Chrome, I found this nifty Flipboard extention +Flip It. Download it to your browser and add to your Flipboard account while browsing.