What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- using supporting evidence
- global awareness
- the economy
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- collecting data
- evaluating media messages
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?