Teacher Review For Dictionary.com

It's no Vocabulary.com but it does help build comprehension.

James D.
Educator/Curriculum Developer
IdeaDriven Education
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Learning
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I usually introduce Dictionary.com to my students as a reference tool. It's a good way of introducing students to the way a dictionary really works (roots, etymology, etc.). That said, it's really best as a reference. It's hard to use in any systematic way with word lists or anything like that. It replaces a dictionary well, and it also provides some fun challenges and games, but that's the extent of it.
My Take
I like the app and the challenging range of words, but the ads that fill the site are another reason that this is not a great classroom tool. Vocabulary.com still reigns supreme for me.