Tech Tip: @Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis.org

Have you ever wanted to know how to hula? Do you want to understand the deal with gluten?  Perhaps you really want to understand DNA. Or maybe you want to know if mermaids are real?

Well, Wonderolopis has got you covered!


Wonderopolis is a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. At Wonderopolis, they use their Wonder of the Day to spark learners’ curiosity as they investigate different Wonders of our human history and natural world. Visitors can explore over 1000 Wonders, and they can even submit their own Wonders to the Wonderopolis team.

Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. Our approach both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.

Not only can Wonderopolis be great for individual learning and exploration; it can be a great tool in the classroom. Take the Wonder: How do you build a tunnel underwater.

Wonderscreenshot

Screenshot from Wonderopolis

There is a text to speech reader that can read the text for non-readers.  Note: The reader is very “computer” sounding.  To the right you will find:

  • Have you ever wondered…- A set of focus questions for that particular Wonder
  • Wonder Gallery- Different media related to the Wonder
  • Wonder Words- Key words
  • Try It Out- Activities that can be done at school or home to extend learning
  • Still Wondering- Link(s) to other reputable websites where visitors can research and explore further
  • Test Your Knowledge- Wonder quiz

Wonderopolis can a be fun addition to your classroom or just a cool way to learn complex concepts. The Wonders are presented in plain speak so children (and adults) can easily understand the different topics they’ve always wondered about.

One of my educational pet peeves is that too often nonfiction, informational articles are written like stories, or the informational content is less focused on accurate information and more focused on voice. This is especially true of informational text for younger learners. What I love most about Wonderopolis is that the information is consistently accurate, the nonfiction text is well written and engaging, and the content is steeped in scientific and historical evidence.

Have you used Wonderopolis? What was your experience? What have you ever wondered?


Resources:

Wonderopolis.org

Wonderopolis: Educator Guide

 

Note: 

  • It is wonderopolis.ORG not .COM
  • I have not used the app. I have only used the desktop version. 

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