Flipboard has Made iPad Irresistable: Order Now Japanese Earthquake may limit parts

It is official. I'm officially asking for an iPad for my birthday. Flipboard is the killer app that has pushed my hand.

I spent the morning setting this up for Mom and Dad.

I was curious because now over 5% of my traffic from this blog is being read on Flipboard.

I see why it is the #1 ipad app. Amazing.

I've explored the Flipboard alternatives and the bottom line is that there aren't any. Nothing comes close.

Just take a look at what this does with my school news blog!

I've been an iTouch fan for a long time. Because I have a mi-fi card, I'll definitely just get the wi-fi version. 

Bottom line is that Flipboard makes the iPad irresistable, particularly for content producers, executives, principals, and those who need to stay abreast of trends. With the Japanese earthquake perhaps limiting production of the iPad 2, we are ordering today.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Melanie April 16, 2011 - 8:29 pm

Your school news blog looks great on Flipboard.

I have had an Ipad for a few weeks now, and really like it. It was something I didn’t think I needed but is just so convenient. I downloaded Flipboard after reading this post and it is really interesting.

Dan Callahan April 16, 2011 - 11:04 pm

There’s one alternative to Flipboard that I like a lot. It’s called Zite, and, as opposed to showing you content you already follow, I’ve found it does a great job of showing me blogs that I wasn’t already aware of but would probably be interested in.

Sue Waters April 17, 2011 - 10:35 am

For me my iPad is my killer gadget because here in Australia we don’t have the same functionality on a Kindle as you have in the USA. Whereas I find apps and how people use their iPads are really personal.

I’ve tried several times to use Flipboards but it doesn’t suit my current preference of full posts with really quick reading. Whereas as I preferred Reeder and now prefer to read posts on my iPad using it then directly in Google Reader.

Regardless of what apps you use or how you use your iPad you will love it. Even my techno reluctant husband fights to get hold of it every night. He sits for hours browsing the web at night reading news articles, reading about sport and music etc.

Headsy April 17, 2011 - 11:56 am

You should also check out PressJack. It’s a beta product but it allows you do mashup your rss or blogs into a digital edition. So students could use it to create their own newspaper. All they would have to so is simply, one time, enter in the location of their content and that’s it. PressJack builds the publication from there.

You can install it on your mac or pc, create the digital edition and then upload the results onto your own site. There are free trials at PressJack.com

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 2:22 am

yes, if you take the time to set it up it is very cool. I highly suggest subscribing to the twitter feed of magazines and newspapers – you get most of their content and NO ADS (wait till they figure that out.)

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 2:22 am

Interesting. I’ll have to look at that one when I (hopefully) get an ipad for my birthday.

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 2:23 am

Yes, I know I will use it but when I saw flipboard I saw how it would save me so much time!! I’ll have to look at Reeder and see. I do know that the new Android tablets are supposed to be amazing as well.

Hope you’re doing well, down under! We need to catch up.

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 2:24 am

Awesome! I have put in a request – we could really use that at the school and it would look so nice! Thank you for the heads up!

Sue Waters April 18, 2011 - 11:36 am

Everything about the iPad will save you time which is the best bit.

Now you have to put me out of my misery! It’s been doing my head thinking about how you worked out 5 % of your readers are reading your blog through Flipboards. Am I missing something really obvious from where you grabbed that statistic?

Yes I am doing well! Hope you are too. Definitely need to catch up

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 12:08 pm

The stats in my statistics on blogger show the web browser. Flipboard is shown as a browser in my stats.

Merlyne7858 April 18, 2011 - 11:14 pm

The Flipboard app for iPad if absolutely fabulous. I downloaded it a few days ago and have found an abundance of information. Everything is in one place on Flipboard. I haven’t had time to go through it throroughly, but what I’ve seen is great.

coolcatteacher April 18, 2011 - 11:43 pm

My Mom is enjoying it!

Stacy_nockowitz April 22, 2011 - 12:22 am

Love my iPad; love Flipboard. Just gotta know- How did you get your school blog to be a channel on Flipboard? I’d love to do this!

coolcatteacher April 22, 2011 - 12:53 pm

You just teach the person to type in http;//westwoodschools.blogspot.com – that is it!

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