Monday, December 6, 2010

What is Qwiki?

Qwiki is a new way to search for information.  It is still in Alpha – testing mode.  It really looks intriguing.  It reminds me of those early Star Trek episodes when they ask the computer for information about a topic. 

One topic I searched was Alzheimer’s.  It pulled up pictures, text and a computer simulated voice told me about the disease.   It amazes me as I watch new technology and software pop up before my eyes and I realize I am watching history unfold in front of my eyes.  I believe Qwiki is one of the tools that will revolutionize how we process information.

Check out the site at  You are invited to look the future  gathering and researching  information.  They are also inviting people to give feed back.

As I was reading a post on their blog, I came across this quote - “In the end, all we have, machine or human, are stories and methods of finding and using those stories” – Roger Schank.   This statement really got my attention.  I believe the future is about sharing those stories, because humans are hardwired to share their stories.

Related link:  Uses in the classroom