Overview



Trailfire is a free online service that helps teachers and students harness the power of the web as a collaborative learning tool. With Trailfire, you can create "sticky note" comments on web pages and link them together into trails that are easily navigated and shared. Trails help keep students on task by providing context and a flexible structure as they explore the infinite resources of the web. Another web application that allows you to set and comment on paths though the web is PMOG, which also allows you to don armour and set portals and mines, adding more game-like elements to the experience.

A few ways people are using Trailfire for online learning:

  • Collaborative student research projects
  • Virtual field trips
  • Annotated online reading assignments to accompany coursework
  • Tutorials and "How-tos"
  • Webquests

Making trails is easy. You place a "trail mark" on a page with annotation. A trail mark can contain text, images, videos and other media types. When you give several marks the same "trail name" you are forming your own navigation path, or trail, on the web.
Trails let you create private groups, making it easy to organize and share projects in a specific class. Trailfire fosters collaboration by letting the group add to or comment on trails. Users can ask to be notified whenever a mark is added or commented on, making it easy for teachers to keep track of all the activity on their students trails.
To see Trailfire in action, check out these trails:

Acids and all You Need to Know about them
The Founder - Carnegie Steel Company
Art History Project

We invite you to start creating and sharing your own trails today. See for yourself how Trailfire fits into your learning environment.
http://www.trailfire.com

Anyone with IE or Firefox can follow a trail. You will, however, need to download the browser extension to make your own trails
Download: http://trailfire.com/pages/download.php



Uses of Collaborative Web Trails in the Education


Trailfire takes the classroom out on to any page on the web. Teachers are using trails for a variety of applications:

- to guide students to course material, students can leave their own comments or ask question
- Webquests - asks your class to collaborative research a topic. Let them each add to a wiki trail.
- BlogHops - ask your class to make a trail of blog articles about a topic
- WebWriting - ask your class to write a poem or article on any web page. Example: go to

What Collaborative Web Trails Do for Students



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