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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Visual Wikipedia - Videos and Diagrams to Match Wikipedia

Visual Wikipedia has a great concept and layout that could meet the needs of a variety of learning styles. Visual Wikipedia shows students connections between topics through web diagrams and videos. Visual Wikipedia takes Wikipedia entries and then shows a connections chart or web of related topics. In addition to the web of connections there is a video (often many videos) connected to each topic. Below you will see the connections web for Martin Luther King, Jr.















Each item on the connections web is linked to more information about that particular topic. Clicking on each link in the connections web also generates a new web about the link clicked.

The video below demonstrates Visual Wikipedia in action. The video does not have sound.


Applications for Education
Visual Wikipedia could be a great reference source for students in elementary school through high school and beyond. The connections web is a good tool for students to narrow their research from a general topic to a more specific and focused topic. The videos connected to the Wikipedia entries could be very helpful for students that comprehend information better when they can see and hear it.

Thanks to SkipZ for sharing Visual Wikipedia with me on Twitter.