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Spaaze (Click link to return to main WIKI page)

*This page provides a general outline to assist in the organization of research topics related to your assigned Web 2.0 Application.

Web 2.0 Formatting Examples:

1) Plurk

2) Facebook Chat

I. History

-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?


Megan: Spaaze was created so that little memos and random brainstormes could be written down without cluttering your desktop with various text documents.  It can be used for pictures, urls, memos etc. The creator spoke of how at meetings he would write down stuff and put it on his desktop in txt. documents so that he could pull them up later.  He would also do the same for pictures, articles and such.  The problem came in retrieving these links and txt. documents.  Usually they were not where he needed them to be or they cluttered his desktop badly.  So he decided to create a program that would help this by putting everything on the web.  This would make everything easily accessable without cluttering up his workspace.  I find that I use mine as a link bank.  So instead of having a really long bookmark tab in my firefox, I have a big group of links that I can organize by topic.  It is a much better way of organizing. 

Christine: Spaaze is a really neat way to organize information so that you can visually see it. Spaaze was made with the idea that everyone has their own way of organization. You use Spaaze just like you would a corkboard. Spaaze looks just like a real corkboard so you can collect and organize information in a visually appealing way. This visual organization helps you remember things more easily than if you were to use another way of organization. It also does not force you to structure your information in a specific way. Spaaze is very flexible and allows you to arrange and group information in any way that is helpful for you. It is an easy way for anyone to organize their life.

Mallory: Spaaze is like a bulletin board on  your computer. You can put any kind of information you need on there, even YouTube videos. It always you to organize your information to make working on a paper or a project a lot easier. Instead of having a ton of papers all over the place, you can sign in on your account and look at the information you found.

Zac: The creators name is Stefan, who worked for Irian Soultions, you have already said why he created it, and he says that he runs it for "Personal  interest", and with some "company backing", because they allow him to work on it at work.

Emily:  On Spaaze, there are two modes that one can post information on the site: standard mode and edit mode.  With the standard mode, items can be moved, deleted, and edited.  In the edit mode, items can also be deleted and changes can be made.  The only difference between the two are the means of doing the actions.  For example, in standard mode, in order to delete an item, one must drag the item to the trash can, whereas in edit mode, items can be deleted by pressing the X button.

Elizabeth: Spaaze is a way to virtually organize your thoughts to make writing a paper easier. Since it is online you could use it for almost any purpose you wanted to. Right now there is even a free tiral peiord you can get to try it out.



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II. How "Application Title" Relates to other Applications

-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?


Megan: Spaaze is different in that it is just a giant "corkboard on the web" It has no structure so you can drag and drop your information with as much or little organization as you want.  Most other versions from other companies force you to have lots of order which may or may not be how your brain funtions.  One downside is that it is huge and really overwhelming at first.  Alot of the applications are not intuitive and may be confusing.  Luckily there is a link that tells you were everything is and what it does to help you which is in the middle of your spaaze labeled "getting started"

Christine: The main difference between Spaaze and other competitors is that Spaaze is a visual way of organization. It has many new features that other competitors do not have such as allowing you to collect, organize, and remember information visually, rearrange items by dragging them with your mouse, resize items with a single click, and add labels and notes to your corkboard. So far, there is no other application that has a corkboard as a way of organization. There are other applications that are similar however, such as Scatterbrain. This application allows you to manage and organize lists, but it is not used as a corkboard. Spaaze is a really unique application that has many new features.

 Mallory: I found this application very unique because, like Christine said, I haven't found another site with a bulletin board like this one. Spaaze has a unique bookmarklet, which is a special bookmark you set up in your browser. With this, you can go onto Spaaze and use this app and it will apply some kind of code onto the current page you are on and you can move information onto your board. There is a high security feature on Spaaze and, for example, the code won't work on banking pages.

Emily:  This application is different from others because it is easy to use and almost hands on.  It's as if you were moving information around items on an actual corkboard.  You basically drag items and text around like you would with your hands.  It also allows for easy organization, unlike any website I've seen.

Elizabeth: The application is really good for people if you are unorganized. I keeps all of the things that you would need together on you spaaze account and you can organize it however you need to.



III. Real World Application

-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related. 

-An additional section under this heading will provide information about how this application can be used in a Business/Industry Setting.


Christine: Spaaze would be very helpful in the Business/Industry setting. Since organization is essential for businesses, this would be a good source to use. Spaaze has made it easy to organize everything from notes to research. Businesses could use this to organize important information, make lists of things that need to be done, make quick reminder notes, and organize research. Spaaze has made it easy to navigate and quickly finding research by adding hotspots. Overall, Spaaze is a great way for business to stay organized.

Zac: One real world application of Spaaze relates to those who use many different computer sources. They can use Spaaze as a "infinite desktop on the web" as Stefan the creator states. If you want to access links to videos, web sites, or documents and need a place to save and then access from a different computer Spaaze is a perfect web technology to use.



IV. Demonstration of Educational Value


Megan:  I'm seeing online assignment books.  This way the student can know what is due becuase of a memo, maybe even the teacher can have one for a specific class so even parents could look online for that class and see that there is something due.  Unfortunately I'm not sure that you can share your spaaze with anyone so a teacher would probably have to give out the name and password to every student for this to work, and then the students could edit things which would be very bad if you had a particularly mischevious student. 

Christine: Spaaze is a great way for students to organize research for a research paper. Since Spaaze is so easy to navigate, it could be really useful for students to organize any research they might need to do. They would be able to save all the information they needed by using Spaaze and come back to it the next time they needed it. It also could be used as a way of organization for homework, projects, presentations, and group work. Students could do this by making notes of when assignments or projects are due. I believe that Spaaze could definitely be used for educational purposes once teachers become more informed about how it can be used in the classroom.

 Mallory: I agree with what Megan and Christine both said. Spaaze can work to really help organize information with a  thing called "hotspots". This allows you to put all your information that goes together, together.

Zac: I agree with what everyone else had said so far. I believe that the educational value of Spaaze is very high. This technology is an easy way to share anything and everything with anyone who wants to know about your class. You could use a blog to update homework assignments (for absent students), you could set up another blog that could have all the notes so once again students and anyone who is interested in that class could see what is presented to the class. This is so valuable because, it allows communication between the teacher and everyone else involved at all times. With the ability to communicate more easily those involved will have a better opportunity to have a successful experience with the situation or class.

Emily:  Unlike many other websites that are used for research and education, Spaaze can be easily organized by several techniques.  For example, "Bookmarklet's" enables users to add links on different pages without actually logging into Spaaze.

 Elizabeth: Using spaaze would be really helpful when working on a large project. You could use it to organize your thoughts and sources. You could use it in the classroom to organize lesson plans or your thoughts and ideas for things you could do in the classroom. I also agree with Megan and Christie, this will be really helpful to organize information from "hot spots."



V. How "Application Name" is used Internationally?

-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.


VI. References


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