Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SideVibe - Turning Websites into Lesson Plans

Over the last few months I have had a lot of people tell me that I should give SideVibe a try. This evening I finally took some time to see what everyone was talking about.

SideVibe is basically a browser extension (wouldn't work in Google Chrome though) that enables teachers to comment on a web pages and ask students questions about the content on web pages. To use SideVibe you have to have the SideVibe extension installed, but your students do not because you're essentially just sharing your screen image with them when you ask them questions or share your comments. In the premium version of the service ($5.99/ month) you and your students can message each other in feedback loops about the content you share with them.

The video below offers an overview of the service.

Applications for Education
SideVibe reminds me a little bit of the old Google Sidewiki. Like Sidewiki, I think SideVibe could be good for online lessons on evaluating information.