A colleague of mine was nice enough to invite me to this website in its Alpha version. Upon playing with my students, I become really excited about the opportunities that this sites offers to students due to the multi-modality presentation of search results.
When presenting to a group of teachers from our board’s behaviour programs, someone asked how this website might be used in the classroom. My short answer was that it would be a great way to have the students start a search on a topic as it give your related searches at the end of the presentation in addition to links to other websites.
After the presentation, I thought that it would be a good idea to come up with additional ideas on how Qwiki could be used in the classroom. Here was the result – I’ll add more as I think of them.
5 Ways to Use Qwiki Alpha in the Class
- The “Hook” – I’m often searching for short and sweet multimedia ideas to be the hook in the lesson. I will occasionally be unable to find something that works. Qwiki seems to be a good tool to feel in these gaps.
- Introductions – Using iMovie or Jaycut, have the students create their own Qwiki that would introduce who they are in under a minute. At the end, include links and related searches.
- Qwiki Debates – After a short lesson or unit on the art of debating, have the students do Qwiki debates. Show a Qwiki on a debatable topic (eg. school uniforms) and have the students develop a few arguments for each side of the issue. Do a “Qwiki” debate in 5 minutes or less and move on to the next.
- Qwiki News – Include the viewing of a Qwiki presentation into your daily news routine. Search for the topics that need a more in-depth understanding.
- Today in History – Use Qwiki to better present a “Today in History” activity.