National Center for Family Literacy Launches Wonderopolis 2.0
Family learning website now more interactive, easier to navigate,
offering more mobile and international content
LOUISVILLE – (Sept. 17, 2012) The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) today announced the relaunch of Wonderopolis®, an award-winning site that offers a “Wonder of the Day® to engage a child’s curiosity and ignite a love of learning.
“Wonderopolis 2.0 has features that will improve its display on mobile and desktop devices, allow easier searches and navigation, and provide more interaction with users,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. “Families and educators will find the site even more user friendly and engaging than ever before – creating a better learning environment for families, which, in turn, improves their educational and economic success.”
Wonderopolis 2.0 features and enhancements include:
- A dedicated mobile site featuring responsive design for a better display on any mobile device or desktop.
- An updated and enhanced home page design that makes navigating the site’s different sections easier.
- A better overall user experience through a Wonderizer feature that allows users to customize the content that is displayed.
- Improved search capabilities – users can now search by keyword, Wonder number, category, chronological order and date.
- Greater participation and interaction through six educator and family blogs featured prominently in the Wonder Playground.
- A field for “Country” included in the Contact and Nominate a Wonder forms to encourage and recognize international visitors to the site.
Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education initiatives for the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic entity of Verizon, which provides core financial support for Wonderopolis said, “We are proud to have supported NCFL for more than a decade and continue to maintain shared goals in improving student learning though the use of technology.”
“I’m thrilled to share the new Wonderopolis experience with students, families and colleagues,” said Barbara Phillips, a second grade teacher in Hamilton, Ohio, who also blogs about her adventures with her family and students using Wonderopolis. “The new experience and resources will only enhance the engagement, learning and discovery of children and families that the previous website had already established.”
Currently, more than 100,000 parents, grandparents, students and teachers explore Wonderopolis each month, access the site’s more than 700 Wonders of the Day and leave more than 3,900 comments, Facebook posts or “likes” and share the content on Twitter.
About NCFL and Wonderopolis
Wonderopolis, a program brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy, engages and inspires families in the pursuit of education and learning together. We help families create a new force — transforming the parent/child relationship into an engine for progress and upward mobility.
Since our founding in 1989, more than 1 million lives have been touched. And the best is yet to come. Visit us online to learn more about our work, access additional resources or support our movement for families.
It was the Verizon Foundation that initially challenged NCFL to develop an innovative yet educational platform to engage young minds that launched Wonderopolis. Additional financial support comes from The Annenberg Foundation, Better World Books and Humana. Wonderopolis is a proud content provider and member of Verizon Thinkfinity.
Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org) is an award-winning educational website with tens of thousands of free, engaging materials for teachers and students. These comprehensive resources include K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities and videos, all searchable by grade level, keyword or subject and content aligns with Common Core State Standards.