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Wordflex Touch Dictionary

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dynamic, highly visual resource makes exploring words fun.

App iPad Paid, Free Education
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Looking up words in the dictionary can seem methodical and even boring, but kids will actually enjoy looking up words and playing around on this innovative reference tool. By exploring, kids can develop a depth of understanding for old and new words and broaden their vocabularies. The app's breadth and interactivity are also impressive. Picture the huge unabridged dictionary sitting on a pedestal in the library, the one kids are afraid to touch because it's so heavy. Add to that a personal tutor pointing out all the connections that a word has with other words. Then make it visually appealing and compact enough to be accessed at the touch of a button on the iPad, and you get an idea of the power of this educational resource. The controls are pretty intuitive, but kids can review the Quick Start Guide for a short tutorial, the Comprehensive Guide for a more detailed manual, or the Touch Gestures link for a short list of screen maneuvers. The information page includes a link to the developer's website, which features a short video showing how to interact with the word trees. Though pricey as far as apps go, it costs substantially less than buying the multiple Oxford dictionary and thesaurus titles covered in this app.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : vocabulary, writing clearly
  • Skills: Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: December 3, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later. iPad only
  • Last updated: April 8, 2020

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