Showing posts with label Mashups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mashups. Show all posts

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Full Wiki - Wikipedia Meets Google Maps

The Full Wiki is an interesting mash-up of Google Maps and Wikipedia entries. The Full Wiki takes Wikipedia entries and places them on a Google Map. Your chosen Wikipedia entry is also presented side by side with a Google Map. The Full Wiki is essentially geolocating Wikipedia entries. Currently, The Full Wiki is in beta and their search tool needs improvement, but it's a promising concept. The video below provides a quick overview of The Full Wiki.


Google Maps Mania has some more information about The Full Wiki that you may be interested in reading.

Applications for Education
The Full Wiki is a great concept that could be helpful for students researching location-critical topics such as events in history or basic country research. The Full Wiki provides a geographical context for the information students read.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Navify - Images and Videos to Match Wikipedia
Wiki Field Trip - Tour Wikipedia on a Map
Wikimapia - Wikipedia on a Map

Monday, December 7, 2009

Navify - Images and Videos to Match Wikipedia

Navify is a mashup of Wikipedia, Flickr, and YouTube. Navify attempts to match videos and images to Wikipedia articles. To use Navify, simply enter a search term just as you would on Wikipedia. The results of your search will be shown in a three tab display of Wikipedia article, related images, and related videos. The screen capture below is from my search for US Civil War.













Applications for Education
What I like about this type of Wikipedia and video mashup is that it provides a second or third option for students to get engaged in learning. A student that struggles as a reader can still get engaged in an article through the corresponding videos and images.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Masher - A Great Video Creation Tool

Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Masher offers a large collection of video clips from the BBC's Motion Gallery and Rip Curl video. There is a large music library, an effects library, and a good selection of video player skins. If you don't find content that you like in Masher's library, you can add your own images, video clips, and music clips through the Masher uploader. Masher also gives you the option to insert text throughout your videos.

Creating with Masher is a simple matter of dragging elements from the media gallery into the timeline editor. From there you can arrange the sequence of elements using the drag and drop interface.















Here is a sample Masher video from the Masher public library.


Here is a sample Masher video that I made.


Applications for Education
Video mash-up tools like Masher are great tools for students to use to showcase knowledge they've gained and information they've found. Masher allows students to create work they can be proud of. The work they create can be showcased in a blog, wiki, or website.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Animoto Now Accepts Video Clips! This Is Awesome!
Stupeflix - Free Video Montage Creator
Vuvox - Create Multimedia Panoramic Slideshows

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Navify - Wikipedia With Images and Videos

Navify is a new mashup of Wikipedia, Flickr, and YouTube. Like Nibipedia and Visual Wikipedia, Navify attempts to match videos and images to Wikipedia articles. To use Navify, simply enter a search term just as you would on Wikipedia. The results of your search will be shown in a three tab display of Wikipedia article, related images, and related videos. The screenshot below shows the results page for my search for WWII.














Applications for Education
What I like about this type of Wikipedia and video mashup is that it provides a second or third option for students to get engaged in learning. A student that struggles as a reader can still get engaged in an article through the corresponding videos and images.

Visual Wikipedia is still my favorite mash-up of Wikipedia and videos because of its web-style of information discovery. That said, Navify is a very good resource for finding visual aids to complement the topics that your students are studying.

Mashable and Larry Ferlazzo also have good things to say about Navify.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Global Link of World Educators

Link TV, a news video resource that allows users to create news video remixes (learn more here), is looking for educators to help them create learning guides. Link TV is interested in having teachers contribute learning guides for their One Nation Many Voices project. Link TV is offering teachers an honorarium for creating and piloting the learning guides in their classrooms. If you are interested in participating please visit the educators' page on Link TV or send and email to teachers (at) linktv.org to find out more.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Use Google Maps to Read the News

MetaCarta is one of the Google Maps mashups listed in Mashable's 100+ Google Maps Mashups list. MetaCarta is a mashup of Reuters news stories and Google Maps. Using MetaCarta you can search for new stories by location, by topic, or by date/time. On the left side of the screen a list of stories is displayed and on the right side a Google Map displays the location of each news story in the list.

Applications for Education
MetaCarta provides all of the current news stories that a Social Studies/ Current Events teacher needs along with a geographic context for each story. You could use the idea of MetaCarta to have your students create their own mashup of news stories that they read in class.

If you're not familiar with creating content on Google Maps or would like an easy-to-understand tutorial for your students, check out the Google Maps YouTube Channel. On the Google Maps YouTube Channel you will videos like the one below.