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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 http://www.qwiki.com  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:  http://ilearntechnology.com/?s=qwiki&x=0&y=0  Uses in the classroom