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Wikids Encyclopedia

Digital encyclopedia places kid-friendly info at students' fingertips

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Grades

Pre-K–2

Subjects & Skills

English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Price: Paid
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac

Pros: Simple interface, intuitive design, abundant visuals, and read-aloud option lets early readers follow their curiosity and explore independently.

Cons: Although students will likely enjoy revisiting entries, there's a finite amount of content on the platform.

Bottom Line: Thoughtfully designed for non-readers and early readers, this app promotes curiosity, self-discovery, and adds to students' background knowledge.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

Teachers can use Wikids Encyclopedia to encourage curiosity and self-discovery in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms. The app is designed with non-readers and early readers in mind, providing visual content and presenting information with clear, developmentally appropriate language. Students can either read the entries or opt to listen to them read aloud. The intuitive design encourages students to independently navigate to topics and entries that pique their interest. The app offers 192 entries that fall under eight specific categories: animals, countries, musical instruments, nature, traditional food, landmarks and monuments, the human body, and space. 

Add Wikids Encyclopedia as an option during independent reading time or in a listening center. The interactive experience will engage little ones and encourage them to explore a variety of topics, giving them enough information to help build background knowledge without being overwhelming. You can also use this as a supplemental resource for thematic units. Since information is organized by category, teachers can easily pull entries that are relevant to the lesson or unit. Learning about animals? Use one of the animal entries to launch a discussion about what students already know about an animal, what they learned after listening to the entry, and what they are still wondering. 

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Engagement

Students can explore a variety of topics by reading entries or opting to listen to them read aloud. 

Pedagogy

Self-directed learning promotes curiosity. Pictures corresponding to each entry help students make meaning and visualize information.

Support

The platform is simple to navigate and designed to be intuitive. The parents' area offers some ideas to take online learning offline, but is limited.

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