The 50 Best Websites of 2011 by TIME magazine included a site launched in 2010 by the National Center for Family Literacy. Chief financial support for Wonderopolis comes from the Verizon Foundation making Wonderopolis a member of the Verizon Thinkfinity group. Inspirational code words at the site include: create, laugh, imagine, explore, learn, smile and grow.
Click on the question to be taken to another screen which addresses the answer in many different ways. Each page begins with a pertinent video. This is followed by other related questions (Have you ever wondered...), a descriptive narrative (Did you know?), additional activities (Try it out!), a list of corresponding terms (Wonder words to know and use), more fun things to do (Still wondering?) and a hint of the next Wonder of the Day (Wonder what's next?).
At the bottom of each Wonder viewers can post a rating and comment. Wonders can be shared on Twitter, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Thinkfinity Community, Facebook or via email. A print option is available also.
Users can enter in keywords, tags, to locate questions or toggle through previous postings by clicking on the arrows. Trust me when I say you could be here for hours.
One unique feature is a Wonder can be nominated by completing an online form.
A Wonderopolis app is now accessible for iPhone and iPad as well as Android users.
The Wonderopolis team offers a widget by easily embedding HTML code into a website or blog that is updated daily with a new Wonder of the Day.
Who doesn't want to make learning fun? Wonderopolis does but offers other possibilities. Wouldn't it be great to generate a list of questions? Students could check the site to see if they have been answered which teaches thinking of keywords and keyword searching.
Show students the form for submitting a Wonder. Searching could be done for videos or images that match any given question. Students would need to formulate a reason for wanting a question to be considered as a Wonder of the Day.
To be sure Wonderopolis is instructional but it's so entertaining you won't be able to resist repeat visits.