findingDulcinea

 
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Learning(i)

Collection of credible info is a great research tool.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site offers information on conducting accurate, safe web searches and discusses the difference between cited and unsubstantiated informational sources.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Very few bad words appear on the site; any issues ("damn," "s--t") mostly appear in comments or quotes from past features. A filter currently prevents users from including swears in comments.

Consumerism

Kids will come across a few ads, but the site says it won't take payment to recommend a site, story, or other source.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can post comments but can't chat through the site.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids don't have to register to post comments, which appear instantly on this information-based site. However, a language filter will substitute asterisks into curse words (like d*mn). Users can also share articles and links through email, Facebook, or other social media outlets.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing

Social Studies

  • global awareness
  • history
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Good information and links to Web resources help kids research, but the site could benefit from interactive elements. Personal feedback on writing as well as citation use would help.

Learning Approach

Beauty tips seem like fluff, but generally the information is well-presented and useful. The info on how to identify suitable Web sources and avoid unsubstantiated ones is helpful. 

Support

Links to a large number of external sites have been vetted to ensure they're valuable. Site guides offer an in-depth look at certain topics, and users can post comments on articles or share them via email or social media.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing

Social Studies

  • global awareness
  • history
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about using reputable sources and find sites with helpful info on science, politics, and more. The site's 19 guide categories identify dependable sites on topics like arts and entertainment, autos, careers, education, family and relationships, and finance. Guides also cover food, health, homes, politics, religion and spirituality, sports, technology, and travel. Users can get online shopping safety tips and current events topics, like the Israel-Palestine conflict, are also featured. findingDulcinea can be a reliable resource for research and schoolwork; more frequent news-based updates would make it an even stronger tool.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

Designed as a source of trustworthy online information, FINDINGDULCINEA offers original content and links to external websites. Each featured site has been reviewed to make sure the content is valuable and relevant; a short description lets users know why. findingDulcinea doesn't cover every available topic, but it hits many of the major middle school subject areas including history, international issues, and health. Kids can also learn how to identify appropriate source material.

Is it any good?

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findingDulcinea offers kids the chance to build basic research skills and learn about a variety of topics, including arts and entertainment, education, family and relationships, and travel. There's plenty on hand for kids to read about historical figures, careers, and other subjects, and the text generally isn't too long to get through. To prove the content is valid, original findingDulcinea articles include source information; links to external websites feature a brief description of the site's main benefits. The external sites are reviewed by site editors to confirm they're relevant and aren't a purely sales-based retail site. Additional sections offer a lesson on finding authenticated online sources and conducting research.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the site's tips on conducting Internet searches. How can you tell if information you find comes from a valid source?

  • When you're trying to find the answer to a question -- or research for a project -- how many sources should you check to make sure something is true?

  • Discuss the importance of citing sources and plagiarism. If you find something on a website, can you just copy and paste it into your report?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 15 years old Written byminnie95 September 8, 2013
 

informative but boring

it is good loads of information etc but can easily get bored.. not for younger kids! there is nothing there no quizzes etc and will be hard if you're dyslexic

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