I can't believe I never blogged Nibipedia before! I was sure I had,
but can't find it in any of my blogs. This surprises me in part
because Nibipedia is one of those sites I often bring up in
conversation as an example of an exceptionally sound Good Idea.
Nibipedia's great idea is fairly simply, at a root level. There is a
lot of great educational content in YouTube. There is a lot of totally
uncool content in YouTube. Because of the latter, YouTube is often
blocked in schools, making it impossible to access the former, which
is a real shame. So (I hypothesize) someone thought why not get the
good stuff where teachers and students can get at it safely, without
the oh-so-distracting other stuff? Better yet, let's mash it up with
some other online content (like, maybe, Wikipedia?) to make a combined
multi-sensory learning environment? And thus it started, recruiting
teachers and librarians and other curators of quality to select the
See? I told you it was a Good Idea! Little by little they added more
perks. Not just YouTube, but also TED talks and other excellent
sources of high quality educational videos. The source for mashed up
text is usually Wikipedia, and I am still waiting for an alternative
source to auto-mash with health videos, since, as much as I adore
Wikipedia, I won't go there for health info. Just way too risky!
Nibipedia added more functions also! Social networking features,
forums, comments, discussions ... a full immersive learning
environment. Very impressive.
They make it easy to find them, too. They are all over Twitter. @TroyAPeterson and his
partner in coding Terry
Schubring have been quite active in Twitter since early on. They
have created several accounts for those who wish to follow specific
topics in Nibipedia. They did a smart thing by posting not just their
own content, but retweeting appropriate subject content from other
streams and from the web. Just a word to the wise, don't follow too
many of the Nibipedia accounts, since for certain pieces of info, they
retweet themselves ad nauseum.
Here are a few of the other topic-specific Twitter accounts associated
with Nibipedia. These vary dramatically in quality and consistency, so
please check out the topics that interest you first. Of course, do the
same with the video collections that interest you, since they reflect
the personal opinions and preferences of the curator, which may not
align with what you want or what you want your students to know.
An online learning/teaching software powered by Youtube and Wikipedia.
Kid tested, mother approved.
Cool stuff about technology, internet, web, mobile phone devices,
robots, electronics, computers, video games, cars, green, weapons,
policy, photography, Apple
Tweeting about neuroscience, mental health and anything to do with the brain
Urban Planning, Architecture, Sustainability, Smart Growth, New Urbanism
Cool stuff about faith, religion, Christianity, Islam, Judaism,
Buddhism, Atheism, Agnosticism, philosophy, death, life, universe,
intelligent design, evolution
All things organic, education on healthy cooking, eating tastey food,
Environmental Studies grad. Help save the environment! eco chic and
eco friendly love
I love beautiful paintings, design, sustainable architecture,
interesting photography, and education
Cool stuff about the economy, economic and game theory, federal
reserve bank, policy, money, internet, tax, green, trade, business,
politics, congress, resource
Lover of books, reference librarian, avid cyclist, artist, eco-freak, foodie
Tweets about health, medicine, disease, healthy living, and
educational tools from Nibipieda.com
Tweets about the earth, its humans, energy, space
Using Nibipedia for science's noblest cause, world domination!!
Reaching. Searching. Nibbing
I love the oceans and I love to nib!
I love space, I love nibipedia
I love museums and I love nibipedia.