Teacher Review for Dictionary - Merriam-Webster

Useful resource for vocabulary acquisition

Melissa B.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use it by linking definitions from it to QR codes (I use the free service Delivr to make the codes). Students then use their smartphones or my classroom computers to access the word and create multi-part index cards with definitions, a picture, sentence, etc. to enhance vocabulary acquisition. Students enjoy the technology aspect and learn new words in the process; the technology aids engagement.
My Take
Having an online dictionary is a great reference tool for classes/schools that allow technology use with BYOD devices and/or classroom computers.