Sparktop

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Site that celebrates those who think differently.

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Adult Written byNetbug009 April 9, 2008

What a great idea.

This is a great site for the mentally challenge, but you don't have to be to enjoy yourself. Check it out!
Teen, 13 years old Written byKrisha April 9, 2008
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

Sparktop celebrates those who "think differently." It's created by the Charles Schwab Foundation and is dedicated to helping kids with learning disabilities. In an introduction, Schwab talks about his own challenges with LD. As you explore, you'll learn about other famous people and what they think about their particular LD differences.

Is it any good?

The best section of the site is "Create," where kids can use a variety of online paint tools, mix an impressive array of audio sounds, and play back the track. They can also edit photos by stretching and manipulating them, or try out the voice tools and writing tools. Your work may show up in the public gallery for all to see.

Got something on your mind? Engaging teens in "Studio 24/7" offer advice on everything from problems at school to fears about AD/HD. Users select the questions from a list and pick the teen host they want to answer. It's fast and friendly and the teen hosts know their stuff.

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  • Families can talk about LD and the many ways brains work. The site is accessible in many ways, including reading and audio.

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