Monday, December 21, 2009

Catch of the Day - wickED - 21 Dec 09

Today's catch, wickED, comes from New Zealand

wickED is a quality-assured online environment for 7–12 year olds. It has been developed to complement The New Zealand Ministry of Education’s study support centers initiative.

wickED Home Page

Kids can explore lots of wickEDly cool things on this site! Quizzes, crosswords, interactives and games in English and te reo Māori, a gallery of student artworks, profiles of inspirational New Zealanders, an information station, and activities and games based around topics.

wickED provides engaging curriculum-based learning activities intended to support facilitated or independent use by students in English and te reo Māori, many of which have been developed with a focus on literacy, numeracy and ESOL.

wickED provides interactives in English and te reo Māori, online activities such as crosswords and quizzes, an online storybook, story creation tools, a student gallery, regular student-centered projects and mini-projects.

Topics Page

Topics include activities from several curriculum areas involving a range of thinking and learning skills. Students are provided with links to quality websites to explore the suggested activities or to engage in research.

Information Station Page

The Information Station provides a safe way for students to search the web. It offers:
  • a list of quality-assured maths and language websites
  • suggested search engines
  • an online dictionary and thesaurus, maps, atlases, online newspapers, encyclopedias
  • links to New Zealand libraries
  • search hints
  • webhunts

Kokona Māori provides a pathway to the Māori and te reo Māori resources on WickED.

The Student Gallery features work sent in to wickED’s virtual characters Ed, Wicki and Tipani by students who have completed topic activities.

wickED TV Page

wickED TV provides a forum to showcase students’ video work. It includes information about the video-making and editing process.

wickED is managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.


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