DK Find Out! (part of Dorling Kindersley Publications site) provides to access sample lesson plans, videos. quizzes, and ebooks. The British publisher creates non-fiction books for children, which can be purchased through the site.
DK Images also part of this site is a stock photo Rights Managed collection sourced from Dorling Kindersley publications. The site provides high quality images at 300 dpi for editorial and creative purposes. DK Images specializes in cut outs on white backgrounds, dog and cat breeds, travel photography from our famous Eyewitness and Rough Guide brands, step by step photography from food and gardening books plus intricate cross-section artworks from historic buildings to human anatomy. Users can create an account to view more information and images, but the images are not free. Users do pay for the images they wish to use.
Type of Material:
Learning Object Repository
Teachers and parents can look up topics and find a short video about a subject. Younger children who are computer literate can also.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of the DK Find Out! site is to provide some information and images about a wide range of topics that may be used with young students. The materials are useful for both teachers and parents.
Target Student Population:
Elementary students, teachers, and parents.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Some searches may not be intuitive. Using the search term "Shakespeare" produced no results, but an excellent video "Talk Like Shakespeare" was found in the Language Arts section.
The subject content addressed at this site includes: animals and nature, computer coding, dinosaurs and prehistoric life, earth, history, human body, language arts, math, music, art and literature, science, space, sports, and transportation. There are few other topics that can be explored in the Find Out More section. Video clips and quizzes are provided on various content pages
The content is very interesting but how the information is to be used and connected from one page to another is not readily clear.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material provided at this site may enhance learning material being studied in the elementary classroom or at home. The images, if purchased could readily be integrated into the curriculum. The site could be used to allow students to independently or pairs investigate a topic, view a video, or take a small quiz. The material may enhance the curiosity of students and their interest in the subject matter.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site holds a great deal of interesting information. The actual images on the white backgrounds in the image collection are done very well and could, for a price, offer many possibilities for teachers and students. There is a "bread crumb" along the bottom of the page that shows you where you are in relation to other topics on the site.
Navigation of the site and its organizational structure are not intuitive. Specific information about the site was not available because the link to that page was broken.
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