A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn all about words: definitions, spelling, pronunciation, word origins, synonyms, other tenses, and related words. Sourced by three Oxford references including the largest, most exhaustive compilation of words in print, the app allows kids to explore and interact with words visually. The nodes branching out from the word, creating a tree-like structure, can be easily manipulated and show kids how complex words are while breaking down each aspect of the word into small, simply understood chunks. WordFlex Touch Dictionary is an amazing interactive dictionary that can deepen kids' engagement with and understanding of words.
Ease of Play
Controls are intuitive, and detailed tutorials explain how to use the app, but kids easily explore on their own.
Violence & Scariness
Contains excellent definitions of terms, including words relating to violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains excellent definitions of terms, including words relating to sex.
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This exhaustive dictionary includes vulgar slang and profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contains excellent definitions of basic terms, including slang.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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.
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