Tried It Tuesday-Wandoo Planet

I'm trying a new linky today with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday. I've enjoyed reading the posts, and I thought this would be a good way to explore further Wandoo Planet, a new app I discovered at the Virginia State Reading Conference last weekend.
Wandoo Planet is a site intended to help children match their reading preferences to their interests. It is currently at the Beta level, so as more students use it, the library recommendations will grow. The site is targeting ages 6-10 and is free. Here is video clip describing how the program got started.



The program starts out with a movie clip explaining how Wandoo Planet is in trouble and needs the reader's help. The reader helps Scout the Squirrel grow trees by selecting things they love which adds leaves to the trees.  

Eventually, the student grows a tree and gradually the tree adds leaves with the student's interests and shares suggestions that go with them.  



As the interests are refined, the book list is tailored to match the reader, and as the reader completes the books, additional related titles or genres are provided.  


As I observed the presenter using it, I got the impression that it would be best for students in grades 2 through 4 who have some reading skills under their belts.  Younger students could use it with support.  It does NOT have audio with it, so the interest labels would have to be read by the child. Even so, I think it'd be a great tool to help our students find just right books to prepare them for library checkout or to help the teacher assist them with book choices in the classroom.  Check it out and see what you think.  

4 comments

  1. This looks amazing, Carla! I have pinned it and am going to check it out for sure. Thank you so much for sharing!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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    1. Thanks for commenting Holly! I replied via email to you, but I've not been emailing comments for long. HOpe you got it. Thanks for the opportunity link up. I enjoy reading the posts to find new things.

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  2. Hi Carla,
    Your blog is adorable...I knew right when I saw it Honey Bunch did it. I love the books and how they are your links..so cute! Honey Bunch did mine as well. I just love them! So glad I found you...I'm your newest follower.
    Vicky
    Teaching and Much Moore

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    1. Vicky-I am so glad you found my blog too. I looked at so many before I chose HB. I love a more scrappy look. As soon as I hit publish here, I'm headed over to check out your design and to see what grade you teach and where. Thanks for dropping by.

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