Showing posts with label mashpedia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mashpedia. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mashpedia - A Real-time Encyclopedia

Mashpedia is an interesting service that matches reference articles from Wikipedia to materials from YouTube and news websites. The purpose of drawing materials from multiple sources is to provide users with a comprehensive view of news stories and reference topics. Mashpedia also presents Amazon lists of books related to your chosen topic.

Applications for Education
Mashpedia could be a great resource for a current events class. By offering video and image results, Mashpedia provides materials that can be accessed by almost all students regardless of reading level. By listing links from multiple sources students can quickly compare news stories to what real people are saying about a story.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Zomobo - A Real-Time Encyclopedia

Zomobo is a new site that bills itself as a real-time encyclopedia. Zomobo, like the similar Mashpedia, pulls the latest information available about specific topics that you're interested in. When you look up a topic in Zomobo you will get information pulled from blogs, social networks, Flickr, YouTube, newspapers, news sites, and Wikipedia.
Zomobo's Greece Page
Applications for Education
Real-time encyclopedias can be very useful for students studying current events around the globe. Students have access to reference materials (via Wikipedia) and up to the minute news stories in one place. While Zomobo is good, the advantage of its competitor Mashpedia is that Mashpedia includes reference materials from the multimedia encyclopedia Qwiki.

Update: July 3. I just looked at Zomobo again and found that some of their "related topics" are not appropriate for school. I'll stick with Mashpedia.

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.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mashpedia - The Real-time Encyclopedia

Mashpedia is an interesting service that matches reference articles from Wikipedia to materials from other sources like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Digg, and the web in general. The purpose of drawing materials from multiple sources is to provide users with a comprehensive view of news stories and reference topics.

Here's how Mashpedia worked when I searched for "Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill." When I entered my search, Mashpedia returned results from Wikipedia, Digg, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. As a part of the same results page Mashpedia also returned collections of blog stories, news articles, general images from across the web, and books related to my topic. All of the results from a search on Mashpedia appear as categories on one page.

Applications for Education
Mashpedia could be a great resource for a current events class. By offering video and image results, Mashpedia provides materials that can be accessed by almost all students regardless of reading level. By listing links from multiple sources students can quickly compare news stories to what real people are saying about a story.

Mashpedia is also useful as a starting place in a student's quest for multimedia resources about a reference topic such as Winter Olympics or World War II.

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