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Site Review: Wonderopolis

Site URL:  http://wonderopolis.org      

Content:  Wonderopolis offers educational answers and background to a daily question. The information is provided via a video and article. Daily questions run the gamut from the inquisitive “Why is it called ‘Big Ben’?’” to the whimsical “Do sea cows moo?” (For those who can’t stand the suspense, Big Ben refers to the large bell inside the tower, while the actual tower’s name is St. Stephen’s Tower. And no, sea cows do not “moo.”)

Design:  Everything on the site is organized in a clean way. There isn’t a lot of clutter to confuse visitors. The main page offers a large graphic to go along with the day’s question. Clicking through, users find the questions answered through an embedded video, followed by a lengthy article under the player.

The archive page, where older questions are kept, runs vertically and follows a typical blog format with the most recent questions appearing at the top.

Review:  For teachers, this is a terrific resource for breaking up the monotony that can creep into the classroom. Seemingly mundane science lessons can be made fun by posing questions such as “Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?” to the class.

The entire site has a light and whimsical feel, but balances that with high-quality information. Any one of the daily questions can be used as a makeshift lesson.

Bottom Line:  Light-hearted but also practical and educational, Wonderopolis can be a fun addition to the classroom.

 

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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