Friday, January 8, 2010

Reframe It - Organize Your Web Research

Reframe It is a handy browser extension for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Reframe It is best described as social bookmarking (like Delicious) meets team white boarding (think Twiddla). The social bookmarking aspect of Reframe It is bookmarking and sharing links. The white boarding aspect of Reframe It is the ability to frame or crop a section of page and comment on it. The comments appear in a side margin so that you can continue to look at the web page. This introductory video from Reframe It provides a good explanation of the things you can do with the browser extension.

Applications for Education
Reframe It could be a good tool for students that are working on a collaborative research project. By using the Reframe It extension students can discuss the merits of the things they find. Students can also use Reframe It to discuss how they are going to use the resources they find on the Internet.

Reframe It could also be useful for teachers conducting online courses. With the browser extension installed conversations about an article or other digital resource can be conducted while everyone is looking at the same resource.

Reframe It is similar to Google Sidewiki which I reviewed here.