How I Use It
We used this product in a variety of ways. First, we played it as beta testers, looking for ways to improve the product, interface, design, etc. We played the game with language specific goals as well, and this turned out to be surprisingly collaborative. Students would help each other with word arrays, especially when competing against an adult like the teacher. We used the product as a springboard for demonstration "how-to" student-created videos. Students really worked to find new words, and I would listen to conversations about interesting words they had found, not just for the game play, but they appeared in their writing as well. The hardest thing to do was pry them away from the game to work on a different aspect of multimedia and design.
Words with Friends EDU is a fantastic teaching tool. The interface is clean and easy to understand, to the degree that I can use it as an example of GUI design for multimedia classes. The interaction amongst students was positive, even when in competition, with a degree of cooperative collaboration that surprised me. I was able to incorporate a number of language arts and history lessons within the context of the game, and beyond, as it livened language arts lessons on affixes, creativity, foreign language, word origins, spelling and more.