It’s a very simple to use ‘bookmarklet’ tool (a bookmarklet is a button that you drag onto your browser bookmarks bar). To get the bookmarklet go to: http://www.cruxbot.com/howToUse.html click on the ‘Cruxbot’ image.
Hold your mouse down while you drag it to the bookmarks bar on your browser.
When you click on the bookmarklet it will analyse the text and provide you with a summary of the main points. It will also pull out some key words and terms from the article.
Clicking on the keywords will show them in the summary and re-summarise using those key words as the main focus.
You can also decide how many paragraphs you want in the summary by using the slider at the bottom of the window.
For me, Cruxbot is a great tool for both teachers and students.
- It can help you quickly get the gist of an article and help you decide if you want to read it in more depth.
- It can help your students create a framework of the article in their mind before reading in more depth and so aid understanding.
- Students can see key words and terms in context to build a better understanding of them before they read.
Cruxbot is a valuable tool that I will continue to use myself and one that I feel can make digital reading more efficient and effective and help students engage with online text.
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