Teacher Review For WordFlex Touch Dictionary

Great dictionary/thesaurus supports language learning at all levels

Michelle S.
Special Education Instructor
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Downey, CA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It

I utilize this app to encourage independence in the learning process rather than a crutch. Students still have to make connections with vocabulary they are already familiar with. Students practice their critical thinking skills by exploring the new term amd finding associations related to the topic at hand in order to form their own understanding of the new word rather than merely reading and memorizing a definition. This app is an invaluable tool during instruction and independent work. I often notice students independently searching for words during reading and group activities to clarify meanings of vocabulary.

My Take

I give this app 5 stars. Students enjoy the visual layout of this "mind-map like" dictionary/thesaurus. It is very easy to navigate. The app provides the user with definitions, synonyms, antonyms as well as sentences and similar ideas. This is the first app choice students use when confronted with new vocabulary because the layout presentation allows them locate words they already know which are similar concepts as new word being learned, allowing them to draw on prior understanding. As a teacher, I love this app because during reading students always ask, "what is that word?" This app created an environment conducive to self-exploration and critical thinking as they build connection s with known vocabulary.