Gnowledge: A Closer Look by David Kapuler
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July 13, 2011 By: Guest Blogger
Last month I had the opportunity to do a basic review of the website Gnowledge. After some collaboration and spending more time on the site, I've decided to do a more in-depth review of this wonderful new teaching tool.
Gnowledge is a free site designed for creating and sharing tests, done through an innovative, easy-to-use interface. Anyone familiar with test creation sites or PowerGrade will feel right at home. Also, there is a definite social networking aspect that is ideal for 21st Century learning through collaboration and the sharing of tests and answers.
Another great feature of Gnowledge is how user-friendly the website is, with excellent hands-on tutorials and a great FAQ page. I highly recommend viewing these brief videos to get a solid understanding of what this site has to offer. For example, a user has many options for editing their tests with features, such as privacy controls, adding images, adding text snippets, and more. Once these tests are created, they can be shared with others.
However, what really make Gnowledge shine are the test activity reports. Teachers and students alike can easily see which questions they got wrong while viewing their response and the right answer. This is a very useful feature, especially when doing self reflection or for learning on one's own.
Sound like any other test/quiz creation site I've blogged about before? Not really. At heart, this is a social network/community that is designed to enhance learning and collaboration through the creation of tests. This allows educators and students to gauge their success on a given topic or subject or even practice for an upcoming exam.
Here's a great example of how this site is being used in another country:
"The best example of how Gnowledge is being used and how it transcends language and cultural barriers and education syllabuses is by a French language teacher in Mexico (a Spanish-speaking country). She uses Gnowledge (an English-language website) to produce simple tests and exercises for her students. In three months she has published 43 tests and these tests have been administered to her (and other) students 1,139 times. Scale of this magnitude does not happen in conventional classrooms or schools. (Gnowledge)"
Since Gnowledge is in beta there are still lots of features to come, such as timed tests and history tracking. It would be nice to see if some mobility options open up too.
New sites are popping up all the time with cloud computing and mobile devices leading the way. But not all of them have the polished look (especially in beta) and really get what education is all about the way that Gnowledge does. I highly recommend checking out Gnowledge and seeing how it can work for you.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com