Today’s leading schools are forward looking, digital focused and eager to explore opportunities that aid wholesome development of children. Exactly what The Whiz Times stands for. And that is why The Whiz Times is loved by schools all over the world.Â
The Whiz Times promotes Self Directed Learning (SDL) and Collaborative Learning(CoL). It is an ideal platform for promoting use of ICT. ICT is not just about using technology for technology’s sake, but using technology as an aid to productive work. The base of good ICT use is great, high quality content and collaborative learning. And that is exactly what we focus on.Â
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Whatâ€™s The Whiz Times?
The Whiz Times is a unique digital platform that provides a stimulating, safe, and fun environment to understand real world happenings. It uses a unique storytelling approach and ample interactivity to bring wholesome content for children.
It makes kids (and even grown-ups, like teachers) be more aware of real world happenings in a simple, engaging and interactive manner. They understand real world events and news in a much better fashion, develop critical thinking abilities and thus get a smarter head-start in life.Â
Custom created daily news with high quality pictures and stories, tonnes of videos, interactive quizzes, magic dictionary and a lot of other features- make The Whiz Times loved by Kids, Parents and Teachers alike.
How does The Whiz Times work?
Itâ€™s simple: Just log-on to the site and start reading the stories. The home page has recent stories lined up. But you can also choose to pick from a category (Top menu) and start enjoying it.
If you are a teacher, it is absolutely safe to open this site up in a classroom environment.
If you are a teacher, you could match the stories to a topic you are currently teaching or have taught in the past- and bring some real world context.
For example, ‘science’ can be matched to stories around gadgets, outer-space stories, or environment related events. There are many high quality pictures and videos that can add context. For English, you could pull up a story (sorted by your class age) and children could do a quick, fun comprehension. They could then add their own viewpoints- allowing their creative expressions to shine. They could even submit their own stories on this platform!
Kids understand much better with real life context and happening!
Most of the stories have a Whiz-Quiz Game associated with them. So read the story and play the Whiz-Quiz on that story. What do you know? You start getting Golden Stars as you shoot through the quiz!
Teachers can open up a story and do a quick Whiz-Quiz game in the class itself! What better way to enhance comprehension? Read up on a real life event (or watch a video) and then answer a quiz based on your understanding!
Not only that, The Whiz TimesÂ wants to make a star out of you- so once you start contributing content, you get more and more and more points!
Who uses it?
The Whiz Times is primarily designed for Knowing the real world and it is designed for families and children. Thereâ€™s no specific age limit or range, but we suspect kids between 5-14 enjoy it most. Depending on countries, cultures, English as primary language, and so on.
We also get high level of interest from forward thinking educators and schools- who are looking for that something ‘different’ to increase general awareness, comprehension, critical thinking and positive digital usage among children.Â
Why did you create The Whiz Times?
Simple. The team behind The Whiz Times comprises of parents of young kids. As forward looking and concerned parents, all of us had a similar pain point- “How do we make a safer digital environment for kids; and How do we make them understand what is happening in the real world in a Simple, safe and fun manner . And because no one else was solving this, we decided to walk the mile ourselves.
In today’s world, we see some trends: More and more kids are adopting the digital medium and there is an information revolution. The problem is that most of the content ‘out there’ is not child friendly / child safe. Alongside, kids are spending huge amounts of time on the digital medium, and not really coming out any better-off.Â
We created The Whiz Times to make kids use the digital medium in a more constructive manner.
Alongside, the language and treatment of the site still feels a lot of fun! It is not about ‘tutoring’ or “Oh! There’s another subject to tackle” No. This is a fun thing- not a tuition class.
We understand that in times to come, the only currency would be knowledge. And if that is the currency, we want our children to be very rich.Â
We created The Whiz Times to give you a wholesome, constructive, engaging and stimulating child friendly platform.Â
Are there other benefits to The Whiz Times?
The Whiz Times promotes the new currency. Knowledge.
It promotes constructive critique, fact based thinking, imagination, literacy, and self-confidence.
Kids who have access to this kind of a platform, where they can engage with words, pictures and content early on, tend to score higher in cognitive and aptitude tests later on.
They are better able to understand concepts and ideas. Plus, the opportunity to be able to create content themselves gives them an unprecedented platform to nurture and showcase creativity early on.
How much does The Whiz Times cost?
The Whiz Times works on a membership model, with something for everyone. Subscription fees start from $1.99 per week.
We have exclusive arrangement only for our school members. Please contact editor at thewhiztimes.com for more details.
Is The Whiz Times safe?
We designed The Whiz Times to be a safe place for kids, schools and families.
First, we are NOT a social networking site. There is no chat engine built into The Whiz Times, so thereâ€™s no way for children to have a real-time conversation with anyone.
Second, any content or interaction on the site is strictly moderated.
Even after all this, less than 13 years olds are asked to get parental or school consent to create a profile. Once a parent/teacher approves and activates a link in the email, the child can enter and create their own profile. Some personal information can be filled in by the child once they log-in, though no personal information is made public or used for marketing purposes. Information is to understand our audience and their interests/surfing behavior, so we can generate better content for them.
We do not share any personal audience data with third parties, and do not allow behavioral targeting in ads and messages.
The Whiz Times does allow members to create public profile pages but does not make your personal details public. Public profiles can be used to showcase one’s articles submitted to The Whiz Times in one place, and in general a showcase of whatever they want to project. We believe this is better than not to have any profiles at all. This might drive kids to social networking sites that can have inappropriate content.
Then again, we are heavily moderated. No content goes live without thorough audit and editorial checks.
Finally, all The Whiz TimesÂ content and profiles that are shared publicly are reviewed and monitored. If we find inappropriate material, that content or profile is pulled-off. Itâ€™s that simple.
And if we miss something, anyone can flag that item for immediate review by sending an email to editor at the whiztimes.com
Think there are other ways we can make things safe? Let us know. Send an email to editor at the whiztimes.com
- Your personal details that you submit on the site are kept private
- We donâ€™t publish or sell your information
Have some spare time? Want to help the The Whiz Times community grow? Here are some ways to participate:
Contribute content- Be a star!
Have an opinion about anything that is happening in the world out there? Have a talent to showcase? Let us know. Do not wait for us to bring a contest. Just Do it!
Teachers can send to us profiles of their star students (not just academics) and who knows they become our news anchors or panel experts?
Invite the whole school (and maybe some other schools too!)
The Whiz Times is even more enjoyable when you spread the word and enjoy it with friends and family. Why not have parents pitching against kids in a war of the Whiz-Quiz? Or maybe the kids can become the news anchor of the week?
And in the end, we leave some food for thought in this brilliant, fun and thought worthy TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson about how the current education system is killing creativity.Â Watch it.