Friday, June 28, 2013

Flowboard App for Creative Classroom Presentations without Frustration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV8YUOUpT3Q&feature=youtube_gdata

http://flowboard.com/

Flowboard is an app that I stumbled upon recently that has amazing uses as an educational technology tool.  The interface is simple and easy to use, but it also has an appearance that gets students engaged quickly.  With other presentation software you have to find content that fits your message, save that content to a machine or copy links and past them, hoping that the software will then parse that into usable content.  Flowboard is different.  You can add content strait from Google with a simple search that is built into the platform.  This is a step in the right direction and I hope that more applications will build this sort of external cloud technology into their design.

Content is not limited to images.  You can also place video into these documents which make them a great way to present material to students as well.

Why I like it:

Students spend less time on design and more time on meaningful content.  A good research plan combined with this app would produce a quality instructional piece that would be as fun for the teacher to provide feedback on as it would be for the student to create.

How you could use it:

This software could be used for the presentation of learned material, or as a group project.  It could also be utilized by the teacher as a creative way to present information to students to introduce a unit of study.  Flowboards ability to utilize images and video make it similar to digital text book solutions, without all of the pre-requisite knowledge.

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