Sunday, May 15, 2011 Posted by Lucian Duma at 12:56 PM
Like I write in my previous post Content curation is the act of continually identifying, organizing, and sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific topic or issue online . I think curation tools are gateway through knowledge and semantic web 3.0 in XXI Century Education . For this reason I launch #edtech20 curation and semantic project global project where teachers worldwide can join free to discover toghether step by step the way through semantic web 3.0 and to post in this blog .
Dear members of #edtech20 #PLN like I write in my previous post I want to post about new edtools used in #edtech20 curation and semantic project in XXI Century Education and I invite you to join this free project and fill up this document with your information http://tinyurl.com/doc-edtech20projectand after I will invite you to collaborate in this blog and #edtech20 PLN http://web20ineducation2010.ning.com/ and wiki https://web20andsocialmediaineducation2010.wikispaces.com/. You can contact me also at email@example.com for more informations .
Today I write about #choosito next generation, content curation platform
Choosito! is the next generation, content curation platform, supported by advanced natural language technology and fueled by the community. Its purpose is to help teachers, students and parents find quickly educational resources on the web.
Schools offer students safe and laser focused search and learn experience. Teachers build their own grade level and subject area libraries and fully integrate them with research assignments. No more broken links! Students sharpen their research skills and quickly find the resources they need for their assignments.
Choosito! Web is the only real time text processing search engine on the web. Advanced natural language technology and linguistic analysis are used to analyse web pages and characterize the thematic content of the site and the linguistic complexity of the text.The Teachers' library is the only community fueled content curation platform with searchable educational resources and no more broken links.
In Choosito!'s Questbook, research assignments are fully integrated with resources and enriched with automatically executed web searches.
Idea and development
Choosito!'s ambition is to assist teachers face the challenges that the internet era poses to educators. These in the experience of Dr. Eleni Miltsakaki would be summarised as follows:
1. The internet is a tool both very powerful and tricky to use, especially so in education.
2. The focus of the educational purpose has changed radically from knowledge focused to research skills focused.
3. Their own studies did not prepare teachers for providing what is now required of them.
4. There are technical and infrastructure issues that often act as barriers for effective use of the internet in education.
Eleni's idea initially was to create a search engine which for the first time would aim not towards the information and its usage so much but mainly towards the user and her characteristics. This is how Choosito! came to being and evolved to becomingthe first search engine to focus on the user and ask: Who is she? Is she a researcher, a kindergartener, or is she a high-school student? Is English her first or second language? Is she researching a science school project or is she searching for details regarding her hobby? All these factors influence what she is searching for, why should they not influence the answers she is getting?
This is technologically possible by the ability to automatically perform linguistic analyses of text. Choosito!'s core technology performs.
1. Evaluation of the text's level of difficulty.
Choosito! analyses the text of each page identified by the keywords, evaluates its level of difficulty and categorises it into a corresponding educational level (elementary school, middle school, or high school and above.).
2. Identification of the text's main subject or thematic area.
Choosito! analyses the text of each page identified by the keywords, and assesses the thematic content of the page, categorizing it into main school subject areas (e.g., science, language, arts, health & sports).
Both the analysis of reading difficulty and thematic content are performed by Choosito! in real time i.e., following the submission of the keywords. This means that Choosito! is capable of accessing and analyzing the web in its entirety, with all the websites and information available at the time of the search.
As search results, Choosito! presents either all web pages that fit the keywords, adding the extra information of the difficulty level and primary subject area, or only the pages matching the selected difficulty level and / or subject area, in addition to the keywords (filtering).
Filtering content by school grade and subject area is the core features of Choosito! across all its functions which include:
1. Choosito! Web
2. Choosito! Library: access to official educational sites
3. Teachers' Library: content curation platform, enriched by teachers
4. Images: access to photographic material
5. Questbook: access to inquiry based research assignments, fully integrated with all Choosito! search functionalities.
Choosito! is to date the only search and learn environment that's curated by the educational community and assisted by the most advanced natural language processing technology.
Dear #PLN if you know other curation edtools and you have advices for me please live a comment .