How I Use It
I use this application as an intervention for students in grades 3+ who struggle with aspects of expressive and receptive vocabulary. They love the various games presented at each level to practice antonyms and synonyms in multiple formats including word sorting and cloze sentences. As a reading specialist, I am always looking for engaging, high quality technology on the Ipad to use as part of the 1-1 therapy we provide to children who struggle and this app is much loved by various children and young adults in my practice.The only thing that doesn't work is that there aren't enough levels and my students are sad when they finish the game!
Apps that teach vocabulary in a meaningful way are hard to find as vocabulary is best learned in context. I was thus really thrilled to find an app that teaches vocabulary in a cloze format. Also, I have found many of the apps designed for vocabulary are specifically meant for beginner ELLS, so the pedagogical focus tends to be on acquisition of basic words rather than usage. For the children I work with, many of whom are not ELLS, vocabulary needs stem from specific language impairments or avoidance of reading practice (due to a reading disability of some sort). These children understand basic word meanings but often do not have a reading or writing vocabulary that is as advanced as others their age. I just wish the free version had more content as my kids are so engaged that they quickly progress through the levels provided. Also as a reading specialist, I find the reading levels of the focus words (level 3-8) matched to game level are not as specific as I am used to working with (Fountas-Pinnell, DRA, lexile etc.) and I am not sure if the reading levels of the words used are supposed to represent grade levels. As such I cannot specifically match a child's reading level to a specific game level in WWP - I have instead had to become familiar with the app and guesstimate an entry level. Future updates need to correlate games with reading levels that more accurately represent the student's instructional reading level to provide better ability for the teacher to differentiate.