What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WordFlex Touch Dictionary is an even better learning experience than perusing a hardbound dictionary and discovering words. And just as kids often like to explore shocking language in the dictionary, they can in WordFlex -- and they can even hear the word pronounced aloud or share a word tree poster via social media of the word, its meaning, and synonyms. There's nothing here language-wise that isn't available to kids in any dictionary, but the presentation of the words really sets this educational app apart.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Word lovers and tech lovers will be drawn to this dynamic and visual dictionary, but some kids may need motivation to explore it fully.
Representing words visually increases interest for kids, which should enhance their ability to learn and retain the word and its definitions.
The interface is already intuitive, but kids can choose from a quick how-to or a full, expanded tutorial to get started.
What's it about?
WordFlex Touch Dictionary is a dictionary –- three, actually, including the largest, most exhaustive compilation of words in print –- that kids can explore and interact with visually. Kids start by searching for a word, even without precise spelling. For example, typing the word excess also offers the word excel as an option floating onto the screen. Tap the intended word and the dictionary entry expands like a tree, showing dozens of similar words, grouped in branches demonstrating the subtleties of meaning for each.
Is it any good?
Looking up words in the dictionary can seem methodical -- even boring. But kids will actually enjoy looking up words and playing around with WordFlex Touch Dictionary. By exploring, kids can develop a depth of understanding for old and new words and broaden their vocabularies. Its 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.
It's pricey as far as apps go, but it's fabulous and costs substantially less than buying the multiple Oxford's dictionary/thesaurus titles covered in this app. WordFlex Touch Dictionary puts kids in charge of discovering and exploring words and gives them a visual representation of language.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to "look it up" in WordFlex when they need spelling or definition help. And then encourage them to explore and discover.
Work with kids to compare and contrast the experience looking up a particular word in a traditional dictionary and the experience of looking up a word in WordFlex.