WikiTravel

LQ: 8.8

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 9.0

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

WikiTravel is a website that offers travel guides for destinations around the world. Travel guides are contributed by “Wikitravellers,” who are regular users of the site, or individuals who have traveled to the destinations they are writing about. Users can use WikiTravel to explore possible vacation destinations, or just learn about the world around them. They can also contribute their own travel guides for local cities, attractions, and places of interest. WikiTravel is relatively easy to use and includes no offensive content, but children hoping to add contributions to the site will likely be in need of assistance. WikiTravel is recommended to users ages 8 and up.


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THIS website IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

WikiTravel is a great way to start planning for a vacation or family trip. The amount of content expands daily and thousands of articles detail attractions, events, and background information on destinations around the world. Information found on WikiTravel can help users make decisions about where to travel, or what to see, eat, and do while in a new and unfamiliar  destination. The website often details relevant transportation information, safety warnings, interesting landmarks and tourist destinations, as well as relevant pricing information to help users make better decisions about their travels.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Contributing articles to WikiTravel can be a great way to get kids exercising various facets of Self-Awareness, as contributing gets them thinking about their own writing style and encourages them to express their opinions in regard to the destinations they visit. When starting an entry, users must think of the audience, and imagine how their writing will come across. It is also important to ensure writing is done well, with interesting facts, informative views or a humorous style. Editing one's own work requires metacognition, as it demands constructive criticism aimed at self-made work. By creating quality entries and becoming a self-made contributor to the site, children can express their opinions while practicing self-editorial skills crucial for improving their writing.

Reading

WikiTravel is an excellent alternative source for practicing reading skills. Users can read articles on destinations that interest them, giving them an opportunity to work on basic Reading skills in an alternative genre on a topic of their choosing. Some readers may be intimidated by the challenge of finishing a lengthy novel, or may have no interest in reading fiction. WikiTravel’s articles are short enough to read in a single sitting and users have the freedom to read some or all of the articles at their leisure.

Writing

The open format that WikiTravel's review model provides can serve as an excellent platform for getting kids to practice their writing skills in a fun and interactive way. However, the site's editing community will remove content that is false, written poorly or which duplicates content already covered. In order for submitted content to be added to the site and remain, contributors must add quality writing that provides useful and relevant information to readers. There are a variety of ways to contribute, and users can add anything from an expansive guide to one of their favorite destinations or simply add a few "things to do" for a nearby area.

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