More sites to review – student-friendly, engaging, visual, inquiry-based

March 18, 2015 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Based on recent reviews in the professional literature, here are 3 sites worth checking. What do they have in common? They are:  very visual;  include interactive and multimedia features; student friendly; multiple subjects. Remember to review all the sites before recommending them to students.

Wonderoplis provided by the (US) National Center for Families Learning, asks a new question every day and provides the answer with text, video. It encourages imagination, creativity and inquiry and the wonders are searchable by grade and subject.

iWONDER is sponsored by the BBC and is definitely totally British which may create content and perspective that is foreign to some students. Like Wonderopolis, iWONDER asks different questions and provides content to support the answer. Articles can be found to support different subject including arts, food, science, history etc. My personal comment is that the iWONDER page does not sit uniquely by itself, so it is too easy to end up in other sections of the BBC which will have no relevance to the Canadian student or the ‘curriculum’ content.

DKfindout! is created by the publisher DK – every school library has many of the DK highly visual (illustrations, photographs) books. DKfindout uses visual content from their books and has created information supporting a variety of subjects to animals and nature to math to space and more. There are click-on definitions, fast facts, quizzes. this site will be great for ESL/ELL students. This is a .com site, so who knows if it will remains free forever.

Check ’em out!

Rowan

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