Oddizzi

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Cultural-exploration site inspires global responsibility.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn facts about many global topics such as geography, weather systems, customs, and more in countries around the world. Kids should easily pick up on the message that the world is a fascinating place. They can explore cultural aspects of different countries and learn what it might be like to live in a different part of the world. With an emphasis on how people live, and how natural features affect people's experiences, Oddizzi helps kids pick up a sense of interconnectedness and global responsibility. 

Positive Messages

Positivity isn't taught explicitly; kids learn about global responsibility through information that generates excitement for learning about the world, how other people live. World problems introduced with solutions. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oddizzi covers social studies and global-awareness topics with a hodgepodge of information about countries, cultures, geographical features, and natural phenomena. Kids explore the world through readings, videos, pictures, maps, quizzes, and thought questions. The site is continually evolving and growing, so new information is often being added. Oddizzi is based in the U.K., so it's somewhat U.K.-centric, but it's still relevant for kids around the globe.

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What's it about?

On ODDIZZI, kids travel the world by clicking pinpoints on a map or navigating through six big topic areas. Learn about topics such as food, farming, and fair trade or different countries and the cultures and customs of the people who live in them. Each topic has varying amounts of text, videos, pictures, fun facts, and links to related topics. Multiple-choice and thought-question quizzes test recall and understanding. Kids can also stay up to date with the help of a newsreel that scrolls across the screen. 

Is it any good?

This cultural exploration site is chock-full of facts, figures, and tidbits that can help kids understand the world in which we all live. That global feeling of sharing the world and appreciating and caring for its people and its assets is front and center throughout. Articles are short, kid-friendly, and nicely enhanced with colorful pictures and videos. Kids can dive in for close-ups of a handful of countries or wander through articles or points of interest on a map as they browse through more general information. Though there's a lot available, the site still feels a bit like a work in progress, with spotty coverage of some topics and a disappointingly small number of country close-ups. New material is constantly being added, though, so Oddizzi continues to evolve and grow. The best feature is perhaps the interviews with other kids around the world who describe their homes, their lives, and their customs. Kids get a real sense of exciting adventure and exotic lifestyles, while still seeing how much we all really have in common. 

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  • Families can talk about the similarities and differences kids see between their lives and the lives of other kids around the world. Is there a culture or country that seems just like yours? Which one feels the most different?

  • Most topic pages have a few discussion starters and learning activities. Read them and help kids follow through on the suggested enrichment ideas. 

  • Explore together with your kids to make learning about the world a shared experience. What relevant personal experiences do you have that could bring the information closer to home?

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