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Using Widgets for Educational Purposes

Widgets are becoming increasingly popular on both web sites and desktops as community builders, entertainment sources, and data aggregators. Many of the newer widgets can also be used to augment lessons, build community on educational sites, and support reinforcement tutorials.

What are widgets? Widgets are small pieces of code, serving a single function – notifying blog visitors your online for chat, news feeds, calendar, short directed lessons, view selected international webcams, etc. A very practical, introductory overview: Using widgets to build community was posted on “Beth’s Blog”.

Where can I find widgets? Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, each have libraries of thousands of widgets (Google/Microsoft call them gadgets). Most of the widgets are quite easy to install – Google for example, allows users to click and select a widget, and it’s added to their personalized home page.

If you have a little time and curiosity — explore the widget repositories and see what you can find to increase student engagement….

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This entry was posted on March 24, 2007 by in Instructional Technology.

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