If you’ve ever tried to set up an independent study for a student who tested out of on-level material, you know the challenge of finding a topic that is interesting to the student, related to the material, and deep enough to lead to a real product.
I made The Wikipedia Wormhole to help with this.
Here’s a video tutorial:
To use this tool, type in a search term (probably the main topic that the student tested-out of). This brings up two lists: broader terms and more specific terms. Simply click away to discover fascinating topics that you never knew existed.
Now students have an interesting, deep, but related topic to dig into. In the next post, we’ll look at how to help students ask better questions about their new topic.
Big thanks to a Darius Kazemi for a write-up that inspired this tool.