Zoo Whiz – Fun, Free Resource
This week I have been researching new sites to support the students in my class when I came across a website called Zoo Whiz.
According to the Zoo Whiz website:
Zoo Whiz is a revolutionary new, FREE online learning system for kids, parents and teachers. Zoo Whiz has been designed to motivate kids to learn. Students can work on their computers online at both home and school. Zoo Whiz gives teachers and parents the tools to identify and respond to each child’s learning needs. It draws its educational content from a bank of over 17,000 carefully-crafted, finely-incremented learning activities covering maths, punctuation, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, phonics and reading for kids aged 5 to 15.
Click on the pictures below to view the gallery that shows the step-by-step instructions that students use to access and use the site:
* Note: If you set up your students under a teacher account, you will be able to give them a username and password to login with (so they can skip step one, and avoid giving away any personal information).
Currently, the site is in early release mode. As yet, I am in the early stages of playing with the site myself, but have been impressed so far with the way that it all functions. The interface is bright and colourful, with instant feedback on each task the students complete.
Setting up a class in the site was extremely easy (via bulk upload), and I could then print student sign in cards in the click of a button. Whilst adding my students, I only had to upload their first names under my free teacher login – a huge bonus for maintaining student privacy! I look forward to trialling this site in my classroom this term.
More information on the Zoo Whiz site can be found in these brochures:
or at the Zoo Whiz website – www.zoowhiz.com