Very educational – somewhat educational – not educational
Appeal to children:
Appealing to kids – somewhat appealing to kids – not appealing to kids
Ease of use:
Kid friendly – somewhat kid friendly – not kid friendly*The highlighted websites are what I found to be the 5 best literacy websites
Website EducationalValueAppeal to children Ease of Use
Starfall.com Very educational:Provides many resourcesfor phonics; the sounds of letters, combining soundstogether to form words,and reading.Appealing to kids:The colors and cartoonswould draw in students’attention and the manysounds and voices that“talk to” children wouldkeep students engaged.Kid friendly:Easy to navigate, butmany different aspects tothe website, such asgames, books, skill work,etc that students mayneed specific directions of where to go within thesite and how to get there.PBSkids.org/island Somewhat educational:Provides stories andreading activities forstudents. While thestories are read alongstories for youngerchildren, they do notreally allow students toread along. The simplyconsist of somethingreading/telling a story in avideo. Students do not getany practice reading;sounding out/pronouncingSomewhat appealing tokids:No attention grabbingcolors or graphics.The expressions in thereaders’ voices in the readalongs are vibrant enoughto hold students attention.The music and cartooncharacters in the videosmay capture students’attention.Kid friendly:Easy to navigate, bysimply clicking on thestories or videos studentswant to watch.