Monday, March 1, 2010

eyePlorer - A New Vision for Information

I was recently introduced to a new Web 2.0 tool called eyePlorer. It is sort of a search engine with a new twist. In eyePlorer, you simple key in a topic you are interested in researching, hit go and watch categorized information called eye spots appear. To see if it is the information that you need, you can click on one of the "eye spots" to get an explanation of that particular piece of information. If this isn't cool enough, you can drag information to a built-in notepad on your screen any information that you would like to keep and it saves your notes from session to session!  You can create several different tabs in your notes so that you can keep different topics separated. Seeing is believing, so here is a video that explains how it works. http://en.eyeplorer.com/show/intro.html

This tool is definitely worth trying with your students or for yourself. I especially love how when you click on an eye spot, it tells you what the article or piece of information is about so you don't necessarily have to go to the site and read to find out if it is what you need. Try it out the next time you ask your students to do some research.  My prediction is that students may be more engaged because of the way eyePlorer works.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of it!

Here is the link to eyePlorer so you can check it out!  www.eyePlorer.com/show

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