I first read about Qwiki last week in Newsweek. Then, today, TechCrunch announced that they had a limited number of invites to check it out. The probably don’t have any left by now, but I’d strongly encourage you to go there and try, because Qwiki is definitely worth a visit.
Qwiki is described very accurately by TechCrunch:
Qwiki is somewhere in between a visual search engine and a highly interactive and entertaining Wikipedia. It assembles information on the fly for millions of topics, bringing together images and text in a truly magical way.
One thing that TechCrunch didn’t mention, and I learned when I snagged an invite, was that the text is not only very accessible, audio support for it is provided, too.
Even though it’s not open to the public yet, I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners. Students are going to love it.
I have a Qwiki alpha account and my 5 year old loves it! I agree that it will be great for ELL, but also for the elementary set. Cannot wait to use the full version in the classroom!