Neopets

Neopets

Upon visiting this website you are met with bright colors and virtual pets. At first glance this looks like just another site for kids to spend countless hours meandering through the online cartoon content. But what lies beneath is a community setting where kids and young adults can immerse themselves into a capitalist society. Neopets has been around since 1999 and has become a virtual lifestyle for kids and young adults all over the world. Children learn how to take care of their virtual pets and learn the responsibility of pet ownership. Due to the nature of the game children and young adults are encouraged to explore different lands and learn about different imaginary cultures...

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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is a website designed to share podcasts and other information that centers on reading the Harry Potter books as if they were sacred texts. The producers, Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile, define reading the books as sacred texts in three different ways: trusting the texts, reading the texts with rigor and ritual, and reading the texts within a community setting. Zoltan and ter Kuile post a podcast once a week. Each podcast centers around one chapter from the books which they discuss in chronological order. They discuss each chapter with a specific theme in mind assigned the week before. They both give a thirty second recap of the chapter and then discuss the chapter with the theme acting as a lense...

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sesamestreet.org

sesamestreet.org

Sesame Street has been airing on national television since 1969 and is now available with the click of a mouse. The purpose of Sesame Street is to help children around the world grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. The website is designed for children featuring bright colors and large buttons made...

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ABCMouse.com

ABCMouse.com

ABCmouse.com is an online learning center for children ages 2-7. It has received the “Mom’s Choice GOLD Award,” “Teachers’ Choice Award”, and “Parents’ Choice GOLD Award.” There are thousands of games and learning activities included in the site. The children can learn using the designated learning path or explore individual activities on their own. The website is designed to follow your child’s development...

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NASA for Students

NASA for Students

NASA’s website for students provides a look at what work NASA does and interesting things about space. Older kids can explore career opportunities, watch videos about interesting things that happen in space, and find out the latest news about what is going on at NASA or in the night sky. Younger kids can enjoy NASA’s Kids Club that has space related games and coloring sheets. The website has pictures and information...

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages

Mango is a language learning program that offers more than 70 language courses and ESL instruction in 17 languages. It can be used by kids and adults. The lessons look like flashcards, and users can go from one “flashcard” to another for the lesson parts. Each lesson starts out with a spoken conversation with a translation, and then a step-by-step explanation of the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. The cards offer opportunities to immediately test if the word or phrase has been learned with plenty of repetition. The lessons also contain grammar notes as well as cultural notes to help understand the culture or the details of how the culture...

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