This new service by Yahoo!, however, is not available yet.
Web site: http://teachers.yahoo.com
The easy-to-use site and peer network designed by and for teachers. Get ready to create, modify, and share standards-based curriculum.
Sep 17, 2007 TechCrunch posting :
Yahoo Teachers is a clip to database style service; users utilize the “gobbler” that is an online clipping service with a desktop interface client where they can drag research and reading materials when formulating lessons. Where it becomes an even more appealing service for teachers is with the sharing capabilities: think Wikipedia but written by school teachers with a focus on delivery to children.
Sep 14, 2007 Webware blog posting :
The system should let teachers connect with each other to develop lesson plans, and it has a bookmark and content grabber called the Gobbler that is supposed to make it easy to create worksheets and handouts. Gobbler is rigorous about bringing content citations along with the content itself, I'm told. We don't want teachers inadvertently plagiarizing, after all. The product also has a database of state-by-state educational standards, and has tools for helping teachers make sure their lessons meet those standards. The product will be free, and Yahoo hopes to launch it late this year or early next.
'Looks Good Works Well' blog posting on Mar 31, 2007 titled Yahoo! Teachers and the Yahoo! Gobbler
Last summer we held a Yahoo! Teachers of Merit camp on our campus in Sunnyvale. We invited about 60-70 teachers to come spend 7 or 8 days with us. The first couple of days was about how teachers could take advantage of the web and of course we talked about things like delicious
as well as Yahoo! Groups. But beyond that we gave them some new tools to gather, organize and share information with teachers around the world.
I recall the first time the teachers saw the gobbler in action. I was sitting in front of the room and I heard a room full of teachers gasp (literally). They were surprised you could do something like this. They immediately got it. And saw how it would help them gather knowledge from the web and share with other teachers around the world. The gobbler is simply a widget that you can popup on any web page and just grab text, images and links from the page and drag and drop them into your Y!Teachers projects. (You can also bookmark the site as well).
Its a little like Google Notebook, bluemark, clipmarks and other clipping services but it is a little unique. First, you can simply tear things off the page with drag and drop. Second, when you drop things from the page into the gobbler you are dropping them directly into your projects within Yahoo! Teachers. They get immediately saved there. Third, the assets you drop are thus brushed with meta data from the project itself (like grade level, subject, state standards). Fourth, the projects (and the assets) are then shared with any teacher anywhere in the world that is part of Yahoo! Teachers.
'Looks Good Works Well' blogger giving a little demo of Gobbler:
(crank up the volume)