Learning domain specific vocabulary and remembering key concepts can be challenging for students of all grade levels. There is so much content they are exposed to in every subject area that providing kids with study tools can help them boost their comprehension. Trading Cards is a fun free app that asks students to think deeply about historical figures, characters from a book, events, or ideas, and lets them design trading cards for each key concept. Perfect for elementary and middle schoolers, this app is a great comprehension tool to use before and after school.
This free app is available for iPads and Android devices. You can learn more by visiting their website.
Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!
Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler. Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile. A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words. The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.
The interface of Curious Words is clean and simple, allowing the child to focus on the visual exploration creative task. Kids can even control the sequence of words by double tapping on a word to pick one from a list. Parents, teachers, and peers can collaborate with children in their visual exploration and creation.
Watch this video to learn more, check out some Curious Words creations, and visit their website to learn more!
VocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.
In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.
Register as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.
Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!
You may have seen my post on “Talking QR Codes” and here’s another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code. RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that lets users record their voice using the microphone built-in to their computer. You can then share the link – or turn it into a QR code – so that anyone who opens the page can press play and hear a recording of your voice. Great for adding verbal instructions to a activity sheet or definitions to new vocabulary words for English Language Learners.
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1. Record your voice using the built-in microphone (or an attachment) on your computer
2. Receive a link to a page with your recording (option: turn this into a QR code)
3. Add audio support to any activity sheet!
Boosting vocabulary is important at any age and Quizzitive from Merriam-Webster is a straightforward app that will introduce students to new words. Kids can play four different games as they learn new words and show off what they know. The app keeps track of what words children have answered correctly and gives students easy access to their definitions. The first two levels are completely free and you can complete an in-app purchase to remove adds and unlock 1,000 words.
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There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words. With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines. Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!
- Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
- Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
- Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
- Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
- Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
- gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
- Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
- Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
- Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
- MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)
Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)
Check out these two app lists: