Teacher Review For Words With Friends

Words With Friends is fun but is it for your classroom?

Robert C.
Technology coordinator
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 1
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Words With Friends is a fun and addicting game that I have been playing for a long time but when I was asked if this should be used in the classroom now the NYC DOE has BYOD I was stumped.
My Take
As teaching tool I can not envision using Words With Friends in my classroom. While it does give good practice in word building I think the offline game of Boggle or Scrabble would be a much better use of time. I find that the actual words that are accepted is very forgiving. The acceptable list of 2 and 3 letter "words" such as AA lead to students just trying any combinations once they figure that out (It happened to me by accident)