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Create your own adventure with Flowboard

This post was written by Ruth Haddon and first appeared on the Epic blog on 5th July 2013.

flowboardLast week I attended the launch party of Flowboard – a free app that allows you to author presentations and storyboards on your iPad for your iPad.

The event was held at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, and between the drinks and the networking, Brent Brookler (the Flowboard CEO) presented Flowboard to us – using a presentation created in Flowboard of course.

It’s pretty simple – you compile your ‘board’ (presentation) on your iPad, using the free app, adding text, images, videos, and buttons, then publish to the cloud and share a link with your intended audience. The result is pretty slick.

The potential for making presentations to be delivered on iPads, as well as online, is obvious, but there’s more to it than that. The tool allows you to create ‘jump to screen’ links – so it could be an interesting way to create interactive scenarios and ‘create your own adventure’ stories. This means there’s also a potential for using it in the training world. There may be some privacy issues for some organizations, although we are told that more privacy features are being developed, and of course there is no SCORM tracking, but with the advent of Tin Can, who needs that anyway?

I think it’s a really nice app, and one that I look forward to playing with more. Hopefully an opportunity will arise where we can create something brilliant with it for training purposes. At Epic, we use a range of tools – including our own – when creating training, and are always looking for new and exciting ways to offer solutions to our clients.  So maybe Flowboard will be added to our own ‘toolkit’ in the future.

If you want to find out more about the power of storytelling, take a look at our insight on How storytelling can help organisations to learn and change.