Thursday, February 9, 2012
On Your Mark, Get Set, Jog
JOG THE WEB is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. Its step by step approach of taking viewers through web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each page is unique.
By toggling right to the Explore tab, viewers can look through jogs in the following categories:
education, news and politics, pets and animals, entertainment, film and animation, comedy, gaming, music, people and blogs, science and technology, sports, autos and vehicles, howto and style and travel and events. If a narrower search is desired simply go to the Search Jogs box on the far right of the page.
If you locate a jog that you want to view you can click Jog it. Prior to viewing the jog though, you can view the index, list, of items in order. The title of each, any comments by the creator and the URL are all included along with the option of going to any of the pages individually.
Your finished jog will be listed with the following options: edit jog, share, duplicate or delete. You can view it in index format or view it as others will (Jog it). When selecting the share option a URL link and HTML code are provided which can be copied and pasted. Duplicating your jog is only allowed under the Premium choice which has a fee.
When viewing a particular jog navigation is very user friendly. Small icons at the top allow the viewer to go back where they started, to the Explore section, view the jog in index format, and share it on a variety of social networks. All finished jogs are public, to have the jog be private a Premium account must be opened.
We are in the middle of a study of the Caldecott Award winning book, Snowflake Bentley written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin illustrated with woodcut printing by Mary Azarian with our third grade students. I set up a jog for a small online scavenger hunt that we complete.
UPDATE: As of January 18, 2015 I became aware this service is no longer available.