by Unbound Concepts, Inc.
Artifact recommends new books based on a reader’s past reading history, interests, and reading level. Avid readers can discover new books for pleasure reading, while teachers and library administrators can use Artifact to find appropriate books for students. This freemium product builds on BookLeveler to provide users with a greater suite of book exploration features.
Artifact helps readers discover new books that match their interests. Teachers and library administrators can also use Artifact to find appropriate books that fit their curriculum needs or students’ individual reading preferences. By tagging topics and concepts in books they’ve read, Artifact users can find other books with similar characteristics.
Artifact users create collections of books they enjoyed and tag the specific traits (“artifacts”) that made each book a good read. They can then search for books with similar artifacts to find another book that matches their interests. Avid readers of all ages can use Artifact to discover their next book, while parents can find appropriate reading for their children.
Artifact also provides teachers and library administrators with a tool to find and recommend suitable books for their students. Using Artifact’s group collection service, educators can develop reading lists for certain subjects and reading levels to share with parents and students.
Artifact is a browser-based tool that requires internet access to be used. The company reports that mobile app versions for iOS, Android, and Kindle will be unveiled in late 2014.
This product from Unbound Concepts aims to build on its BookLeveler iPhone app by providing users with a greater suite of book exploration features.
All interested readers can register online for free. Free users can search for books, tag artifacts, and add a limited number of books and collections.
Artifact users can buy an individual subscription for $12/year. The paid subscription allows users to search for more artifacts, add unlimited books to their library and create unlimited collections.
Teachers and library administrators can buy group subscriptions for $2000/year. Group subscribers receive all of the features of individual subscribers but can also see tagged artifacts for all group members.
WHO IS USING IT
As of July 2014, Artifact was being used by over 25,000 teachers and in more than 10.
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Artifact is still a new program, so I think it will improve over time. I think Artifact will grow faster ...
I would add the ability to link graphic organizers that help students organize their thinking about a specific topic. Also, it would be really cool if there was a way to have kids scan a book for checkout to take home. Maybe ad...