Thursday, January 27, 2011

Qwiki - A Multimedia Learning Adventure

Qwiki is a new online multimedia encyclopedia that you must see to appreciate.  You can easily view and hear multimedia presentations on many topics by searching for your topic of interest.  Here is the Qwiki for the Castillo De San Marcos, in my favorite city of St. Augustine, FL.  Enjoy this "new" learning experience!  The site "keeps it simple" and you will navigate and learn its features quickly.

After you watch a Qwiki, you can embed it as I have done in this blog.  You can also get a link to the presentation so you can build a list of Qwiki's for your classroom lessons.
I love the fact that you can hear the narration as you read along. This provides another tool for your ELL students and those with reading disabilities. While watching the Qwiki presentation, you can click on a picture and see the source, along with related Qwiki's on the topic. The narration stops when you click one of the pictures and resumes when you click out of it. I also appreciate the simplicity of seeing the image source as a quick way to demonstrate proper citation of images to students.

There are Qwikis on many historical topics, along with topics of personal interest.  History teachers could check the site to support textbook topics. If your students are not able to take their textbooks home, Qwiki could supplement and extend your lessons, anywhere and anytime.  Because the topics are wide ranging, this tool can be used by all teachers.  I checked out the Qwiki's on simple machines and they were informational and engaging.

Qwiki allows you (and your students) a new way to experience information.  I have included their mission.  In previous blog posts, I've written about a number of  digital storytelling tools that teachers can use.  Add Qwiki to your storytelling toolkit! It is a new, engaging way to learn about a topic.

The ultimate goal is for subscribers to create their own Qwiki's, so stay tuned.
Qwiki features link.

I am enjoying my Qwiki experience so far and I see tremendous potential for it's use in schools.  I can't wait to begin sharing this with educators.  Check it out and share your thoughts about using it.

Do you think Qwiki will become a verb as has happened with Google?

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