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Cool Toys pics of the day: Nibipedia




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

Best Stuff.


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,

food sovereignty



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.

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Taken on March 4, 2010