Using Wolfram Alpha for Web 3.0

Wolfram Alpha is an interesting web 3.0 search engine. It can convert currency, provide statistics, recall historical information and provide quick answers to quirky questions on the fly. It also generates an easily downloadable PDF that contains the information retrieved for a particular search. This is a great tool for research or for illustrating complex concepts in the classroom.

OK, I know this sounds like cheerleading, but you just have to play with it to see how much fun it can be. Type in a term in the search box below or visit the examples page to see how robust this tool can be for the classroom.

Web 3.0 Tools and the Semantic Web

General Agenda:

  1. Using the calendar contact functions & options in AIP e-mail
  2. Using open source web tools (e.g., Wikis, Blogs, Google’s gadgets: Docs, Notebook, Scholar & Adobe.com)
  3. Using Web 3.0 semantic web for enhancing classroom multimedia, networking and research (Ted Conferences, Twine, Twitter, iTunes, CurrentTV, Vimeo & You Tube)

Questions/Answers: 15 minutes

Semantic Web:

Web 3.0 is a term used to describe interactive/semantically organized applications that are used to generate/share content and connect users based on areas of mutual interest.  The founding web development organization defines it in the following way:

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF).”   (WC3)

Cloud Computing – ubiquitous data

This demonstration from the TED Conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design Feb 2009) illustrates the concept of pairing the semantic web with always on technology.

Web 2.0/3.0 Interactive Ingredients/Tools:

Interact:

  1. 2.0: Tools that allow for information sharing – open source web tools (e.g., Wikis, Blogs, Google’s gadgets: Docs, Notebook, Scholar & Adobe.com)
  2. Tools that allow us to interact in real-time/share information (Web 3.0 semantic web) for enhancing classroom multimedia, networking and research (Ted Conferences, Twine, Twitter, Monitter, Skype, iTunes, CurrentTV, Vimeo & You Tube)>