WordWit

Expand vocabulary and understand commonly confused words

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Grades

7–12

Subjects & Skills

Critical Thinking, English Language Arts

Price: Paid
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Witty example sentences keep students engaged.

Cons: The colorful spinning wheel is unnecessary and may be distracting.

Bottom Line: WordWit is a solid vocabulary-building tool.

The user guide’s instructions are simple to follow. Students can track their mastered words via a list within the app. They can share their progress by email; the email shows the number of words they’ve mastered, but not the actual word list. You would need to monitor each student’s device for individual word lists. Bonus: The Apple Education Store offers a 50% discount for teachers buying WordWit in volume for classroom use.

WordWit is a vocabulary app that helps users differentiate between tricky pairs of words. Students spin the wheel to land on a commonly confused word pair, such as guerrilla/gorilla, cite/site, or revenge/avenge. They can read the definition of the word and how it differs from its "evil twin," and read an entertaining example sentence using the word. The same format is offered for each word in the pair, and then kids choose the correct twin of the word pair to complete sentences. Once they've completed five sentences correctly, they've mastered the word.

Students spin a colorful wheel, or they can browse the list of words, search for a specific word, or choose from words that are "trending" in popularity with other players. They'll then read a concise but thorough definition of each word and read examples, many from literature, of the words used in context. The mastery quizzes recycle sentences until kids get them right. A mastered words list is kept, so students or teachers can monitor learning. Students can share words via social media or email. Players have the option, within the Word Wit User Guide, to turn off the sounds.

The production value of the app is high, with its colorful spinning wheel and engagingly written definitions and examples. Just knowing that these "evil twin" word pairs exist may prompt kids to double-check usage of words they’re unsure of, creating better writers and speakers.

Words vary in difficulty –- from a/an to aesthetic/ascetic, so differentiation for a classroom of diverse learners is easily made. The spinning wheel chooses words at random, though, with no progression of difficulty. The developers market the app to help with business communication, English-language acquisition, and middle school and higher vocabulary development. WordWit could be a great asset to any ELL classroom.

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Engagement

The spinning wheel is a fun draw. The definitions are well-written and witty, and the contextual examples drawn from literature are interesting. Kids will enjoy and be challenged by the quizzes.

Pedagogy

Questions answered incorrectly repeat until students get them right. Kids can share their scores and favorite words via social media, but there's no opportunity for collaboration.

Support

Kids can easily see their progress in the Master's Lounge. They can also save favorite (or particularly challenging) words by tapping the heart.

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Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

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Select level of difficulty needed for progressive vocab building

Word Wit is very simple in its approach to learning to distinguish between frequently confused pairs of words, ranging from very basic (than/then) to more nuanced (notorious/infamous). The application is very user friendly. "Spin" the wheel and you are presented with a pair of words.

Read the definitions and sample quotations, and then go for "mastery" by completing a series of fill-in-the-blank sentences using the two words.

The greatest limitation with this app is the lack of ability to choose a specific level of difficulty. A student might be presented with a/an as a word pair, immediately followed on the next spin with disassemble/dissemble. It is difficult to imagine a student who would need practice with both of these pairs.

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