5 Ways a Flipboard Magazine Can Help Boost Your School's Clubs Straight A’s aren’t enough these days. Extracurricular activities, community service and even work experiences are all important considerations for college and scholarship reviewers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, extracurricular “activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community.” Student participation in school clubs or sports leads to an increased sense of attachment to their school, which leads to a lower likelihood of dropping out. Here are five ways Flipboard Magazines can help boost your school’s clubs digitally (and, in turn, student engagement):

  1. Take minutes. With Flipboard Compose on mobile, you can type important club notes in a public or private magazine and share with the group after a meeting. If you make a mistake, you can edit the copy on the Web at Flipboard.com.
  2. Document events. Create a group magazine and posting rules for students. Have them upload photos with comments from the big game or a competition.
  3. Conduct research. For volunteer or advocacy clubs, collect articles and quotes to support a larger project. From glee to science bowl or ASL, follow any topic page to find articles relevant to your group. Check out Nicky Farmer’s School Garden Club magazine, which is a mix of student photos and helpful articles.
  4. Hold discussions. Supplement the school paper with a digital magazine that can update campus news as it happens. Simply flip online articles with the Chrome extension or bookmarklet on the Web. Teacher Andrew Shortland flips pieces to prompt conversations with his philosophy students.
  5. Make a fanzine. Not all clubs have to be serious. If a group of students loves something, a Flipboard Magazine can be a fun place to express themselves with SoundCloud links, GIFs, images and YouTube videos. School spirit magazines can be a large collaboration between students and faculty. School principal Tim Lauer curates an example of this.
Whether you advise the French language club or the Future Business Leaders of America, these activities provide opportunities for students to apply classroom skills in a real-world and impactful context. If you want to learn more about how you can enhance your extracurricular programs with Flipboard, watch our #FlipEDU online conference session with Josh Allen. The resources for his talk are in this magazine. If you create a magazine for your school club, team or academic group, we’d love to include it in our FlipEDU directory of teacher-curated magazines. Email the link to flipedu@flipboard.com with a short paragraph about your magazine. ~jdlv used to be in the marching band GET FLIPBOARD ON: iOS / ANDROID / WINDOWS / WEB FOLLOW US ON: FLIPBOARD / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / GOOGLE+ /SOUNDCLOUD /MEDIUM