Teacher Review for Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com is a life saving tool for teachers who need a quick definition and pronunciation of a word.

Cynthia C.
Classroom teacher
McSwain Elementary School
Merced, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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 used Dictionary.com in my classroom to help my students gain additional understanding of vocabulary words. My students spend time listening to the word, reading the definition, and seeing the word used in context. We also use the word a day feature. I display the word of the day, and my students work with a partner and their whiteboards to create a paragraph that defines the word. Partners then meet up with other partners in the class and exchange their information. My students are beginning to use some of these words in their writing and don't even realize they are expanding their vocabulary on a daily basis.
My Take
My overall opinion of dictionary.com is favorable. I appreciate its many features such as being able to hear the word and seeing it used in context. This application is very user friendly and beneficial to students who struggle with word pronunciation. My ELL students love to,use dictionary.com because they can listen to words being pronounced without fear of embarrassment. They can have it repeated as many times as it takes for them to understand the word and pronounce it correctly. It gives them a sense of independence as they do not need to ask a friend or the teacher how to pronounce a word. Or worse yet, just gloss over it.