Showing posts with label Navify. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Navify. Show all posts

Friday, June 12, 2009

Fotopedia - Collaborative Photo Encyclopedia

Fotopedia is a new service that matches photos to Wikipedia articles. The matching aspect is similar to that of Visual Wikipedia and Navify. What makes Fotopedia different is all of the images are contributed by the community of users and matched to articles by users of Fotopedia. To contribute to Fotopedia you have to register, but to just browse the images and articles doesn't require registration.

Browsing through Fotopedia this afternoon I realized one clear advantage of Fotopedia over Navify is the quantity and quality of images. For every topic I clicked on there was at least a half dozen very good images matching a Wikipedia article.

Applications for Education
Fotopedia could be a good place to find visual aids to complement your classroom instruction. Fotopedia has a mix of Creative Commons images and copyrighted images so if you're looking for images for publication, make sure you check the licensing.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Navify - Wikipedia With Images and Videos
Visual Wikipedia - Videos and Diagrams to Match Wikipedia
Nibipedia - Wikipedia Meets YouTube

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.