Thursday 4 June 2009

Note Taking Tool for Digital Literacy

I spotted Eyeplorer last week and have been playing with it since then. Eyeplorer is a great tool for helping students to write essays by using online sources and to develop their digital literacy in a responsible way (avoiding plagiarism)

What Eyeplorer does, is to search Wikipedia for information based around one or two or even more search terms. It then produces a spectrum of key words and concepts linked to those terms.

You can then see notes on each term by hovering over the keyword. If the notes are relevant to your essay, you can drag them to the notepad at the side.

Here's a video showing how it work.

Once students have their notes they can either save, copy or email then to themselves. They then have notes on which to base their essay along with links to follow up and find more information.

Great tool and a great way to show students how to use web sources without just copying and pasting complete articles.

Hope you find it useful. Here you can find more writing activities for students

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Nik Peachey


Edita said...

thank you for the link! I´ll try it today! it looks as a great tool

Brian Shephard said...

I've been waiting for a while for someone to invent this! Thanks, Nick!

Nik Peachey said...

Brian! It could have been you!
Next time perhaps.



Mary Howard said...

Nik, thanks for the recommendation on eyeplorer. I teach sixth grade and often find it quite challenging to focus student searches and help them in the write :) direction. I hope to use this one soon!

Nik Peachey said...

@ Mary

That's great. Would be great if you could leave a comment telling other users how you got on and what your students thought of it.



Georg Rehm said...

Hi Nik, thanks a lot for this interesting article! Just wanted to let you know that we launched a new version of yesterday -- see Hope you enjoy! Thanks, Georg.