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Word Mover

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun "found poetry" app improves on magnetic tiles.

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Word Mover Review

This is a review for the app Word Mover. Word Mover is an app that allows you to create "found" poetry from a bank of words. Three words that describe Word Mover are educational, fun, and helpful. We think this app is good for ages nine through twelve. We rate this app four-stars. We claim this app is good for use in the classroom. One reason we think it is good is it inspires you create poetry by giving you a bank of words to choose from. Also, if you think of additional words that are not on the list, you can add them in. This helps you practice your typing skills. Lastly, this app helps you learn vocabulary by exposing you to words you may not know. For example, you can select the words from the Gettysburg Address. One drawback to this app is that you may not know all of the words in your word bank. However, you can always look them up in a dictionary. As you can see, there are more good things about this app than bad. For this reason we highly recommend this app. To see a ThingLink interactive image of this review, click here:

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Is It Any Good?

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WORD MOVER has all the strengths of the real-world product with some great digital improvements. Those magnetic tiles always seem to have a few key words missing (like conjunctions and verbs), and they're limited to the particular tenses that the manufacturer chose (like did instead of does). Word Mover makes it easy for users to make slight changes to existing words and to add completely new ones. This makes it possible for kids to see how changing word order might mean slight changes to the ways certain words are formed. Kids also can change the sizes of the word tiles, rotate them, and change the background pictures, as well as share their work by saving it the iPad's photos, sending it as an email, or printing.

Word Mover is fun to use, but it does have some limitations. It's time-consuming to add custom words, and it's not clear why the words included in the random word bank are there to begin with. Additionally, the "Famous Works" are offered without any context. It's certainly interesting to be able to engage with "America the Beautiful" and the "I Have a Dream" speech by taking them apart word by word, but parents may want to visit the app's page on ReadWriteThink for ideas on how to extend learning opportunities.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : storytelling, text analysis, vocabulary, writing, Social Studies : cultural understanding, historical figures
  • Skills: Creativity : imagination, making new creations, producing new content
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 1, 2012
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
  • Last updated: October 23, 2019

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