I am excited to explore Q-files The Great Illustrated Encyclopedia. This website is very visually appealing with lots of color and attractive categories to engage students. As stated in the title of the website, when you search a topic such as volcanoes, you find information and a multitude of pictures, both illustrations and real life photographs for each topic. There was even a 28 second video of an actual volcano erupting that you can view. I find the sidebar on the right with questions and answers as well as facts appealing for students to learn more about the topic. It seems that this website includes some of the related topics and information on those topics, if you scroll down the page on your search. This is different than other websites that have you click on the related content in order to see information about those topics. For example on the volcano page, you first see basic information about a volcano, but then there are also paragraphs describing eruptions, shield volcanoes, ash and bombs, cinder cones, fissure volcanoes, active, dormant and extinct volcanoes among other topics as well. This feature could be overwhelming for younger students trying to sort through which information they actually need and what is not as important. The website has a Kid Safe Certificate at the top right of the page and this makes me feel comfortable about sharing this site with students. Overall, this encyclopedia is a great option for students to use when researching and completing projects. Grades: 3rd and up. Subject(s): All Overall rating: 7.
Volcanoes - Q-files Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved September 5, 2016, from https://www.q-files.com/earth/volcanoes/volcanoes/