May 16, 2013
National Center for Family Literacy
(NCFL) unveiled today the newly redesigned website for
, a resource available at no cost that offers a "
Wonder of the Day
®," a fun, daily post that engages learners to explore a curious question, like "
What goes inside a cocoon
?" and "
What is Stonehenge
With a continued focus on bringing families together for a better, richer learning experience, the site's new features allow wonderers to:
- Get mobile. Wonder on the go with responsive design and improved touch navigation for a more satisfying mobile experience
- Get social. Integrated social elements mean parents and kids can share learning with friends, family and fellow wonderers
- Get involved. The new interface makes it easier for users to share their ideas and vote on other nominated Wonders
- Get savvy. New Wonders feature more robust content including quizzes that reinforce ideas—like "What are Dimensions? Choose the right answer!" as a part of the "What is 3-D?" Wonder
Providing a springboard for learning that is driven by human interest and curiosity, the site was voted one of TIME magazine's "
50 Top Websites of 2011
" and a 2011
As the site continues to establish a community around wonder, Wonderopolis has enjoyed steady growth and currently:
- Inspires more than 4,000 monthly user interactions via the website, Facebook and Twitter
- Garners more than 150,000 regular monthly users
- Boasts an audience that is more than 60 percent repeat visitors
- Houses more than 900 Wonders, including user-submitted ideas and content
Wonderers include teachers, students and parents wondering about the world around them in a variety of ways:
- A fifth grade teacher supplements classroom work to help her students develop authentic writing skills, critical thinking and expanded vocabulary
- A third grade class taps Wonderopolis while researching and writing papers
- The mother of a first grader spends early morning quality time with her son checking out the Wonder of the Day and exploring past Wonders
Wonderopolis content purposefully aligns to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy—a focus that supports NCFL's vision of taking traditional learning outside of the classroom. The site is lauded by K-12 educators as a premier resource for informational text and vocabulary instruction.