Showing posts with label Qwiki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Qwiki. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What Happened to Qwiki? It's Going Mobile

When it launched in 2011 I was impressed by the multimedia reference site Qwiki. Then when they launched a creation tool earlier this year, I was again impressed. Unfortunately, Qwiki has taken those tools offline and is transitioning to mobile development. According to their website, their Twitter page, and this TechCrunch article Qwiki has plans offer a multimedia reference creation app for iOS and Android. There's no word yet on what the app will cost, if anything. If the app is like the web version, I'll be trying it as soon as it launches. You can sign up for early notification of the app's release on the Qwiki website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Initial Impressions of Qwiki Creator

Last month I learned that Qwiki was launching a creation tool that allows users to create their own multimedia Qwikis. A Qwiki is a short narrated story that includes images, videos, and text. This morning I received my invitation to try out the new Qwiki Creator, these are my initial impressions.

Creating the basics of a Qwiki is very easy. There are three steps to the process; uploading content (or linking to hosted content like a Flickr image), recording narration, and captioning content. One of the things that I learned in my first attempt at creating a Qwiki is that the order in which you upload content is the order in which it will appear in your Qwiki. Perhaps I overlooked it, but I couldn't find a way to reorder my uploads. Voice recordings are limited to 20 seconds. You can also record with your webcam and have a video of yourself appear in your Qwiki. Captioning your content is very straight forward. After uploading content and making your recordings you're presented with a grid of all of your content to caption. Just fill in the blanks in the caption fields. The caption screen is where you can   insert links.

The Qwiki Creator browser bookmarklet, titled Qwik It!, is a handy little product that will help some students clip and organize content for their Qwiki projects. With Qwik It! installed students can clip sections of webpages and send them directly to their Qwiki Creator accounts. From there they can use the clipped content to build a Qwiki.

Applications for Education
I was hoping for a bit more from the Qwiki Creator, but despite some of its editing limitations it could be a good tool for students to use to create short multimedia stories. Students could create personal narratives using Qwiki Creator. Or you might have students create short introductory narratives about topics that they're studying in your classes.

If you want to see my first attempt at creating a Qwiki, you can watch it below.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Create Multimedia Reference Stories with Qwiki Creator

Last week in North Carolina I gave my popular Best of the Web presentation. In that presentation I included the multimedia reference site Qwiki. In case you haven't seen it before, Qwiki publishes narrated, illustrated, interactive reference entries. To use Qwiki, enter a topic in the search box or select a topic from the featured topics on the homepage. Then watch, listen, and read the Qwiki entry for that topic. Below your chosen Qwiki you will see a selection of related Qwiki entries. You can also find related materials by clicking the "Q" symbol that appears at the end of the Qwiki play bar.

Yesterday, through Steve Dembo I learned that Qwiki is now offering Qwiki Creator. Qwiki Creator (still only available by invitation) will allow users to create their own multimedia reference stories. Using Qwiki Creator you will be able to develop your story using videos, images, maps, and text. To lend your personality to the presentation, you can narrate the story. And like the already existing Qwiki entries, you will be able to make the story interactive. Qwiki Creator is also promising to be optimized for iPads.

A sample Qwiki is embedded below.

View Gaza Strip and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.

Applications for Education
Qwiki Creator has the potential to be a great way for students to organize and share information that they create on their own or information that they discover through research. I would love to see Qwiki Creator used as an alternative to the traditional book report assignment. Students could narrate a summary of the book and also add visuals that they think illustrate key points or characters in the stories that they read.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Best of 2011 So Far - Qwiki

Now that my school year is over I'm taking a short fly fishing vacation. The posts for the rest of the week highlight my favorite resources of 2011 so far.

Qwiki is a multimedia encyclopedia containing more than three million entries. Qwiki publishes narrated, illustrated, interactive reference entries. To use Qwiki, enter a topic in the search box or select a topic from the featured topics on the homepage. Then watch, listen, and read the Qwiki entry for that topic. Below your chosen Qwiki you will see a selection of related Qwiki entries. You can also find related materials by clicking the "Q" symbol that appears at the end of the Qwiki play bar.

Qwikis can be embedded into your blog or website. Below I've embedded a Qwiki about archery.


And as the "wiki" in Qwiki implies, registered users can suggest videos and images to improve the reference entries. In the future registered users will be able to create their own Qwiki entries.

Applications for Education
Qwiki could be a fantastic way for students to all kinds of information. For a lot of "standard" curriculum topics, Qwiki's entries provide a more engaging format for learning about those topics than that offered by textbooks. What I'm really looking forward to though is the day when Qwiki lets users create their own entries to display on blogs and websites.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mashpedia, the Real-time Encylopedia, Adds Qwiki Element

Mashpedia is a real-time encyclopedia that publishes reference pages comprised of information from the social web. Each Mashpedia page pulls information from sources like Flickr, Twitter, Wikipedia, and blogs. Recently Mashpedia added a Qwiki element to their service. Qwiki, as you may recall from this post, is a multimedia encyclopedia that contains narrated overviews of more than three million topics.

Applications for Education
The combination of Mashpedia and Qwiki provides students with a wealth of current information about millions of topics. Mashpedia was designed with current events stories in mind, but it also offers a lot of good resources about topics that aren't as rapidly developing.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wow! Qwiki is Engaging

In the last 48 hours since they opened up to the world, I've had numerous people tell me that I had to check out Qwiki. I finally did check it out this afternoon and all I can say is "wow!"

Qwiki is a multimedia encyclopedia containing more than three million entries. Qwiki publishes narrated, illustrated, interactive reference entries. To use Qwiki, enter a topic in the search box or select a topic from the featured topics on the homepage. Then watch, listen, and read the Qwiki entry for that topic. Below your chosen Qwiki you will see a selection of related Qwiki entries. You can also find related materials by clicking the "Q" symbol that appears at the end of the Qwiki play bar.

Qwikis can be embedded into your blog or website. Below I've embedded a Qwiki about archery.


And as the "wiki" in Qwiki implies, registered users can suggest videos and images to improve the reference entries. In the future registered users will be able to create their own Qwiki entries.

Applications for Education
Qwiki could be a fantastic way for students to all kinds of information. For a lot of "standard" curriculum topics, Qwiki's entries provide a more engaging format for learning about those topics than that offered by textbooks. What I'm really looking forward to though is the day when Qwiki lets users create their own entries to display on blogs and websites.