Friday, August 29, 2014
It took me quite a while to get through my backlog of podcasts, so I just listened to a great episode from Chris Bugaj of the A.T.Tipscast. Episode 132 featured an interview with a former educator spreading the word about Wandoo Planet. Wandoo Planet is a recommendation engine for children, think Pandora or Netflix. Basically, kids pick some of their favorite interests, via a fun game, and the website suggests books and/or movies for them to check out. The goal is to help students find books in their interest and get them reading more, which as we all know, is one of the best ways to increase students ability to read!
I took a few minutes and tried it out myself, and have to say it's fun. The game is a great way to get children thinking about their interests. Some students may need to have the interests read to them, and a suggestion to make it more accessible might be to include pictures or text to speech for the interests. It looks like a fun way to engage students and get them reading!