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Yahoo! will be offering educators free workshops to get the most from the new Yahoo! Teachers.
Discover how to bring Yahoo! Teachers and the Gobbler into your classroom. Yahoo! Teachers is free for all teachers, administrators, and education specialists. On the top right you will see the powerpoint from slideshare to help you.
Given the stats on internet usage:
- 72% adults
- 93% high schoolers
- 98% college students (with margin of error could be 100%)
Broadband has reached almost 50% homes in U.S.
- 55% of online teens have created their own profile
- 51% of young adult internet users have uploaded photos to the internet
- 26% teens remix stuff they find on the web as posts, blogs, etc.
- 9% of adults
Yahoo is preparing to launch a key teaching collaborative. An integral part of the idea behind Yahoo! Teachers was a tool that could be used on any web site to gobble content.
Based on this original idea Bill Scott created a rapid prototype of the gobbler over a weekend, refined it for a week or so and launched it initially to the first Yahoo! Teachers of Merit workshop at the Yahoo! Sunnyvale campus.
Gobbler is a widget that you can popup on any web page and just grab text, images and links from the page and drag and drop them into your Y!Teachers projects. (You can also bookmark the site as well).
Its a bit like Google Notebook, bluemark, clipmarks and other clipping services but has unique properties. First, you can simply tear things off the page with drag and drop. Second, when you drop things from the page into the gobbler you are dropping them directly into your projects within Yahoo! Teachers. They get immediately saved there. Third, the assets you drop are thus brushed with meta data from the project itself (like grade level, subject, state standards). Fourth, the projects (and the assets) are then shared with any teacher anywhere in the world that is part of Yahoo! Teachers.
The combination of gather (gobbler), organize (projects) and share (teacher network) creates a powerful combination.