In the one of the latest Educause Learning Initiative (ELI)’sÂ 7 Things You Should Know About series, ELI exploresÂ Personalized Digital MagazinesÂ (direct link to PDF document). These are tablet applications such asÂ Flipboard,Â Zite, andÂ TaptuÂ that aggregate users’ social media network connections such asÂ Twitter,Â Facebook, andÂ Google Reader, transforming the information into an interactive magazine format. The guide answers several questions about the technology, including who’s using it, its implications, its downsides (including copyright questions), and its significance and provides a scenario for a student’s use of this technology in a college program.
I’ve actually heavily used Flipboard and Zite since getting an iPad, and found both apps to be quite useful in quickly getting through my social network streams. I don’t use them all the time, but it’s a different way to interact with the streams.
TheÂ ELI 7 Things You Should Know AboutÂ series provides concise overviews of emerging technologies, especially in relation to their impact on higher education.