Qwiki: Extra Special Multi-Modal Resource for Online Search

Extra Special Learning Resource

I first wrote about Qwiki on February 15, 2011. It is such a powerful application that I think it’s time for another look. This is the second of my ‘Extra Special Learning Resource‘ series, and it profiles a resource of truly exceptional value.

Qwiki is an online search tool that is helpful for all learners, and it’s especially helpful for any who struggle with text. That’s because information is presented in multiple modes. The written text is read aloud by an effective text-to-speech engine; and the text is accompanied by related images and sometimes even video. I believe that all learners benefit from the opportunity of having information represented in multiple ways.

Revisiting Qwiki is timely because there is now a Qwiki app for the iPad. This means a Qwiki search can be done independently of the iPad’s browser. The user experience is exactly the same on the iPad as it is on a computer.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is probably worth millions, I’ve embedded a ‘Qwiki’ below for you to see for yourself exactly how it works. Here’s what you see, and hear, and can read, when you enter the search term ‘Himalayas’.

View Himalayas and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.

3 thoughts on “Qwiki: Extra Special Multi-Modal Resource for Online Search

  1. I like quiki but lately when I try to run it, I get an IE error that it then has to quit. A year ago it worked for me great, but lately this error has occurred every time. Anyone else have that?

  2. Hi Tina. The problem may be with your browser. I suggest you try a browser other than Internet Explorer. I’m having no difficulty with Qwiki using Google Chrome and Firefox. –Paul

  3. Paul, thanks I will try that. Love your web site by the way! I am a computer teacher with children with special needs and I recommend your site at many trainings I give. I go to it all the time and have found many wonderful resources! Thanks again!

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