A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To start DOTOPEDIA, tap Play. Create a profile by choosing one of the pre-made avatars or taking a photo of yourself. From the main page, choose a "Dot suggested" article, start a new activity, check the Daily Quest, create or view articles, or search by keyword. Add your own audio, visual, or written content to an article by tapping the "Change this article" icon. Take a photo with your device's camera to document the challenges and new activities you complete, and your progress will be documented so you can "level up." View your progress (Articles Created, Pictures Added, Content Written, Sounds Added) on your profile page. Kids will only see content already in the app and content created on their device.
Is it any good?
Kids who want to know a little about a lot of things -- and who want to help others learn, too -- will love this app. Dot is extraordinarily good at helping young kids new to information apps and sites through her ground-level tips. She advises kids on basics, such as: "Looking for something? Tap the search box and type it in," and "This is what a Dotopedia article page looks like." Quests get kids learning and doing offscreen, too, and include activities like drawing your scariest jack o' lantern face and taking a photo of it to include in the "pumpkin" article on the app. All in all, Dotopedia is a fun way for kids to learn and contribute their knowledge in ways they'll likely use as they get older.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how information collaboration works on Dotopedia and Wikipedia. What are the benefits of sharing information? What are the risks?
Talk about what to create. What does your kid know a lot about that they can contribute to Dotopedia? Help them brainstorm topics.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, vocabulary, writing
Science: animals, plants, weather
Social Studies: cultural understanding, exploration, geography
Arts: drawing, photography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation
Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 12, 2016
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 185.00 MB
- Publisher: CBC
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later; Android 4.4 and up.
- Last updated: August 17, 2020
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