April 16, 2012 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Rockville, Maryland - Washington, DC - Wikipedia gets a new, personal dimension in the latest version of the WikiNodes app for the Apple iPad, which brings Wikipedia to life by immersing readers in an infinite constellation of visual links. Readers can visually browse related nodes, bookmark favorites, annotate with text and multimedia, and share in multiple ways.
The new version of WikiNodes is a major update to this popular education and reference app, and is featured by Apple this week as "New and Noteworthy" in their Education app store. The new features make Wikipedia content more personal, allowing readers to add text, audio and image/video notes to articles, label articles with tags, and sequence notes into presentations.
"We've designed the new features for the classroom, so that students can go beyond reading the encyclopedia, apply their own critical thinking, and create their own interpretations and commentary as part of class assignments," says product manager Michael Douma. Teachers can now create lessons in which students can research topics in Wikipedia, labels and bookmark relevant articles, and then annotate the articles. The annotations can be text, audio recordings (with the iPad's microphone), or any images or videos in the iPad's library. By sequencing notes in series, students create presentations that can be shared with the class. Each note is like a slide in a slideshow. "We're eager to get feedback from educators on how to further improve this combination of a research and presentation tool," says Douma. Also for schools, a "safe search" option (from the iPad Settings) will limit student access to objectionable content.
The new version is a richer experience all around. Tap to enlarge any image, switch easily between different language translations of an article, enjoy a beautiful new blue color theme, faster performance, better layouts, and improved support for non-English languages. There's an optional large-type option.
The app now has multiple sharing options. Users can share articles and notes via email, Twitter, DropBox, Evernote, or Safari. Print with AirPrint. Copy to clipboard.
The app, developed by the nonprofit Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA.org), is designed to encourage users to explore encyclopedic articles, and personalize their experience with Wikipedia. According to Douma, "With this latest release of WikiNodes, we are blurring the lines between researching and curating with Wikipedia. Users can now organize and interpret content any they please. We are excited about the combination of nonlinear and linear browsing, node and page views, and new annotation and sharing options."
And that's not all. Douma adds, "Stay tuned for our next app in late 2012. WordNodes will be a visual thesaurus of over 600 thousands words and phrases that readers can browse in exciting new ways!"
Supported Languages include English, Arabic, Norwegian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
Pricing and Availability:
WikiNodes 4.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Education and Reference categories. Bulk discounts available for educational institutions.
The Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA) is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the public's knowledge of science and culture. It's an exciting time for public education, as traditional business models and methods of delivering information to the public are rapidly evolving. In this new world, IDEA draws on some of the best practices of museums, publishers, software developers, and research labs to deliver a variety of programs via the web and mobile devices that are free to the public or very inexpensive. Copyright (c) 2012 IDEA. All Rights Reserved. Apple (AAPL), the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.