Flipboard EDU Podcast Episode 64: Victoria Tow and Flipboard Design

Flipboard EDU Podcast

Jan 11 2022 • 24 mins

In a world of Google Classroom, digital textbooks, and educational apps, it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology trends in education. One tool that is worth looking into is Flipboard: a social magazine platform that allows users to collect articles, images, and videos from across the web into customizable magazines. In fact, after using it myself for years, it inspired me to create this podcast. Flipboard can be used in the classroom and the school administrator's office in a variety of ways. Here are just a few ideas: Creating class magazines on current events or topics of study, collaboratively creating magazines about school life or memories, as a reading resource for schools, for monitoring student interests and curating content specific to them, and lastly flipping through content for professional development.

Victoria Tow is one of the senior product designers at Flipboard where she designs a lot of the app experience for both Android and iOS devices. She joined me on the show to talk about how and why Flipboard fits the needs of everyone. From building recipe books to curating classroom magazines, Flipboard is the Swiss Army Knife of applications for mobile devices. Victoria shares with us that her job is “really to solve user problems and create solutions to those problems through design.” That’s a powerful statement to me because that’s what I believe teachers do as well.

In this episode, we speak to Victoria about working at Flipboard and designing the world’s best app. We also discuss her involvement with coding clubs and supporting educators early in her career and how that translates into what she does at Flipboard. She also gives us insight into how Flipboard’s latest updates lets you curate topics of interest.

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