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Watson Goes to (AOLís) School

AOL@SCHOOL (, AOL's online learning service provided to teachers and students, and Intellext ( announced the availability of the AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar. Created using Intellext's Watson contextual search technology in conjunction with AOL@SCHOOL's search engine, the sidebar interprets the topic a student is working on and automatically finds safe, age-appropriate, and relevant search results from AOL@SCHOOL's collection of K-12 education content on the Web. The AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar can be installed on school or home computers at no cost.

With the launch of the AOL@SCHOOL Desktop Sidebar, students and teachers are able to search the 48,000-plus sites that have been reviewed and selected by a team of experts and to receive a manageable list of high-quality educational resources. AOL@SCHOOL includes content from, NASA,, Turnitin, iCoachMath, WILL Interactive,, AMDG Online High School Courses, Info Source, Immersion Presents, System80, and Headsprout, among many others.

Intellext's Watson, the product of research conducted by co-founders Jay Budzik and Kristian Hammond at Northwestern University, removes the burden of search from the shoulders of computer users. By reading and understanding what people are working on and using that knowledge to proactively find and deliver useful information to the user, Watson is able to find information the user didn't know existed.

Source: AOL

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