Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Collaboratively Create Multimedia Books on Widbook

This month Widbook became a financial supporter of Free Technology for Teachers. I've written about the service before, but as a service to them and to readers who haven't seen it before like to highlight some of Widbook's features again.

Widbook is a platform designed to help people collaboratively create multimedia books. The service is part multimedia book authoring tool and part social network. Mashable called it "the YouTube of books." On Widbook you can create a digital book that contains text, images, and videos. Widbook is collaborative because you can invite others to make contributions to your books. To use Widbook you have to create a profile on the service. The books that you create become a part of your profile. If you allow it, other Widbook users can add content and or comments to your books. Likewise, you can search for others' books and make contributions to their books.

Widbook - Write, read and share! from Widbook on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Widbook could be used by a class of students to collaborate on a creative writing project in a kind of "fan fiction" style. You could also use Widbook to create multimedia reference books for your students. Or have your students create their own multimedia reference books. Another possible use for Widbook is to have students create digital portfolios of their best multimedia works.