Wikis are a great way to collaborate with people from all over the world. We used one at the beginning of the semester as a way to better acquaint ourselves with the entire class. The most well known wiki is Wikipedia while this is a great easy way to find out information there is a new wiki that may be taking its place soon. This wiki is Qwiki. It is a multimedia encyclopedia that contains millions of entries. It basically is the multimedia version of Wikipedia.
According to Richard Byrne in the blog post Wow! Qwiki is Engaging written on January 26, 2011 he has been very impressed with Qwiki. This was written just days after it was first released to the world. He describes Qwiki as being full of entries that are narrated, illustrated, and interactive. As I mentioned before the site has over three million entries already. Qwikis allow you to watch, listen, and read about a topic all at the same time. As you watch your Qwiki you will notice that there several related entries that Qwiki has picked out for you to watch if you choose. Since it is a wiki registered users can suggest images or videos that they think will improve the entries. As of right now registered users cannot create their own entries but in the future Qwiki looks to allow users to do this much like Wikipedia does with its registered users.
Richard Byrne recently published a new blog post on March 13, 2012 entitled Create Multimedia References with Qwiki Creator. Qwiki Creator is still only an invite only option on Qwiki, but it allows users to create their own multimedia reference stories. Users have the option to create their story using a variety of videos, maps, texts, images, and even their own narration for the story.
I have embedded a YouTube video that introduces Qwiki right before it was made public.
Qwiki has received some major support from both the general public and educators. In a post by a non-educator Qwiki is described as being simple. The viewer is allowed the opportunity to relax and be less interactive while the information is delivered. This simplification makes it great for any user. Educators are also in support of Qwiki. In an teacher’s post she describes Qwiki as being very useful. She says it makes it easier for students with reading problems because they can listen to the material instead of reading it. She also plans to use it in conjunction with lessons on research methods and validation of internet sources with her students.
When it comes to education Qwiki is a great tool. It is full of all different kinds of information. The way that the information is presented is much more engaging than that of a regular textbook. By letting users create their own entries then there are more things that can be done with students. Teachers can have their students create Qwikis as a way to present information to the class. Qwiki is the future of wikis and I would not be surprised if it becomes more popular than Wikipedia.
They have even released an Ipad app for Qwiki.
I know that as a future high school history teacher I think Qwiki will be very useful. It allows students to learn information in more unconventional ways. I also think that having a student make Qwikis can be a substitute for presentations or other forms of reports. How do you think you would be able to use Qwiki in your classroom?