NBC News has unveiled iCue (icue.com), a free, online, collaborative learning community informed by MIT research that incorporates gaming, discussion and video resources in a fun and safe environment. Created by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, for students and lifelong learners ages 13+, iCue stands for Immerse, Connect, Understand and Excel, inviting users to "immerse" themselves in self directed and peer-supported active learning using hundreds of videos and other resources from the NBC News archives; "connect" with friends and peers through discussion forums, personal networks, and by sharing learning resources, comments, thoughts, and insights; deepen their understanding of content through thought-provoking games and online challenges; and excel in coursework or personal learning goals.
The iCue CueCard is a media player, flash card, note-taking tool, and trading card. The patented "flip card" technology allows users to watch streaming videos from NBC News and then "flip" the CueCard over for additional info. Users can "snag" CueCards and store them in personal resource libraries — or CueCard Stacks — customize them using the "jot" feature to write thoughts and opinions, and exchange comments about content with their iCue friends.