Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: NOTA - Collaborative Web Page Builder

NOTA is a new entry in the video and image mash-up market. NOTA allows users to create web pages by combining existing media on one page. In other words NOTA users can make multimedia collages. NOTA allows users to incorporate videos, images, text, and free-hand drawing on one page. With NOTA you can use videos and images from the Internet or upload media from your computer. NOTA is a collaborative tool so many users, up to 50, can work together to build a web page. Additionally, visitors to a NOTA page can add comments if the creators of a page allow it. The drag and drop interface on NOTA is very intuitive which makes it very easy to quickly get started making a web page.

Applications for Education
NOTA is an easy to use web page / online collage builder that is easy enough for elementary school students to use. NOTA is a good replacement or alternative to building traditional paper and glue collages. NOTA is also a good alternative to a wiki for assignments with a more visual rather than textual focus. I can even see NOTA being used in conjunction with an oral presentation in which students explain the significance of the various elements on their web page.