A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Word Dynamo is a word-study app developed by Dictionary.com that can be used by kids from elementary age through college and beyond. It includes preloaded study lists for different grade levels and tests, like PSAT, SAT, GRE, and LSAT, and kids can create their own lists and share them via email or social media. As with any good dictionary, definitions for sex, drugs, and curse words give useful objective information, not dramatization or glorification. Some users have created lists to highlight profanity and sexual content, and those lists are accessible through the search function.
What's it about?
Kids start off with the Word Dynamo Challenge, which assesses vocabulary level (starting at elementary school, middle school, high school, or college level) and then gives lists and word studies to improve vocabulary along with quizzes built in to each of the 20 levels. Kids will need to set up an account with Dictionary.com, and multiple users can play on the same device as long as they have separate accounts. Kids can also create their own lists of words or review the numerous existing lists or search for specific words. Within each list, kids can review the list of words and definitions, do a Quick Study with flashcards, or take matching quizzes on the words and definitions. Based on the Word Dynamo Challenge, kids get recommended lists, or they can browse all of the lists, which are sorted by subjects, grade levels, test prep, and foreign language.
Is it any good?
WORD DYNAMO is an app the whole family can use and learn from. The exhaustive word lists include words for every grade level, many tests, specific areas of study, and even foreign languages. Kids have a variety of options for learning and practicing the words. The ability to create your own word lists and then study them with flash cards or review them in a quiz is very helpful. Kids (and parents) will get a kick out of the Word Dynamo Challenge, as well as be appropriately challenged, since the game serves as a pre-test to guide the recommended lists.