Project 252

Wolfram Alpha

Contributed by Enda (@donenda)
EdTech Tool Name:Wolfram Alpha
Bref Description:Computational knowledge engine
Type of EdTech Tool:
  • Web (access through web browser)
  • Android (phone/tablet) App
  • IOS (iPhone/iPod Touch) App
  • IOS (iPad/iPad Mini) App
  • Other: Kindle Fire
Website/Weblinks:
EdTech Tool Usage Keywords:analysis, curation, analytics
EdTech Tool Uses:Wolfram|Alpha is described as 'an engine for computing answers and providing knowledge' (as opposed to a search engine). Rather than acting as an internet-wide search facility, W/A instead draws upon a combination of the content/material from the WWW and in-built expert-level knowledge and algorithms to answer questions. Users submit queries and computation requests via a text field, and Wolfram Alpha then computes answers and relevant visualizations from a knowledge base of curated and structured data; so rather than analysing a query and returning a list of websites based on relevance, W/A analyses content from a number of sources and attempts to answer the query in this regard. W/A is a fascinating and incredibly powerful tool with huge applicability and possibilities. See some examples of it in use at http://www.wolframalpha.com/tour/examples.html and the W/A homepage provides dozens of categories containing pre-built queries and topics to choose from.
Education Level(s):
  • Post-Primary (Junior)
  • Post-Primary (Senior)
  • Third Level/Higher Education
Academic Subjects:
EdTech Tool Pricing Structure:Free with restrictions, can be unlocked with payment
Further info:
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