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Middle School Vocabulary Prep
Pros: Intuitive and simple navigation, easy to read, appropriate content.
Cons: Words don't appear in any kind of context; music might turn some kids off.
Bottom Line: Offers kids solid practice but misses opportunities to engage and empower them.
For teachers using an iPad, there’s an in-app paid upgrade that allows you to add as many student names as needed, set the number of questions for the test, and track student progress.
Middle School Vocabulary Prep is a flashcard-like study aid. There are a few different ways kids can use the app to improve vocab skills: Learn mode gives parts of speech and concise definitions –- often one-word synonyms –- in large text. Quiz and Test modes utilize some 300 middle school words and let kids know how many they've gotten right out of the total. In the word-based quiz, students get a word and must choose a definition. The definition quiz does the opposite; students get a definition and must choose the correct word. When they answer correctly, they see a big "Correct"; when they answer incorrectly, they get "The correct answer is" (followed by the correct answer).
When students feel ready, they can take the BIG Final Practice test with 50 items presented as they are in quizzes. In test mode, students receive no feedback on selections until they see their total number correct at the end. When finished, students can email their results to others.
In general, the app is tight and focused, and navigation is nearly flawless, save the small Stop and Go Back buttons. Music and design work together to create a pleasant space for learning. However, the ultimately spare content sacrifices an important element: usage examples in context. It's not quite enough to just see the word; it would really help to see how it's used in a sentence. Additionally, there aren't any games or other engaging activities, and students have no way of customizing their own experience.