Please help us with this.
This is a piece of software currently being worked on that we have been asked by Wagumo to get involved with. It is currently called Bamboo (as a working title), and is a search engine. Primarily it is a search engine which utilises other search engines and delivers the results in a rather nice Silverlight interface. It currently offers you the ability to annotate searches and save them as PDFs, as well as link to videos, pictures etc. Anyway, the link is here:
And the login is:
What we need from you is feedback. What features would you like to see, what does it currently not do, and more importantly a name!
Ric and I spent last night in a rather nice meeting with David and Justin from Wagumo thinking up ideas to add to it and came up with these (remembering that all ideas must have an educational direction):
1. The ability to weed out irrelevant sites and articles and save searches so they can be given to pupils. This way teachers know that the searches contain all of the information the pupils require.
2. Enforce safe searches.
3. Have a search strings box so staff and pupils can learn to search correctly and insert strings easily with a definition of each command visible next to each.
4. Develop a repository of searches so that subjects can have lots of information readily available.
5. Plug into Espresso, Knowledge Box, Moodle and Pathe News etc so that locally (within the school) held content can be scanned too.
6. A free (lite) version
Anyway, it's over to you now. We want to know what you think, how it can be improved, and most importantly, what would your school be willing to pay for it if it had the features you wanted included. This could either be as an annual cost (small) or a one off (larger). We had discussed the pricing having 2 levels to accommodate primary and secondary schools, but this price would be site wide and allow pupils to use it at home too.