Project Summary

The IdeaMagnets project aims to make knowledge building in science classrooms more connected with public discourse and open science. To this end, we build a “bridge” between, an open-source web annotation tool, and Knowledge Forum, the go-to knowledge-building environment designed for continual idea improvement. With the IdeaMagnets tool, learners create “idea magnets” in Knowledge Forum. These magnets are then used to pull ideas from the web. Briefly:

(1) Learners can annotate any web document using

make annotations

(2) And then import annotations into Knowledge Forum for further inquiry

import annotations

This project is in active development, with the first classroom pilots to happen in Fall 2018.

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