Product Review of Wikids Encyclopedia
Educators 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. Learners can either read the entries or opt to listen to them read aloud. The intuitive design encourages learners 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, educators 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 learners already know about an animal, what they learned after listening to the entry, and what they are still wondering.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Learners can explore a variety of topics by reading entries or opting to listen to them read aloud.
Curriculum and Instruction
Self-directed learning promotes curiosity. Pictures corresponding to each entry help learners make meaning and visualize information.
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.