What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WordWit is a vocabulary tool for teaching and testing commonly misused words. It is best for teens and particularly useful for non-native English speakers, but can be enjoyed by anyone wanting to improve their language skills. The app presents over 100 pairs of commonly confused words. Kids can read a short definition of each word, an explanation of the difference between them, and read quotes that use the words in context. Sentence completion quizzes also test kids' knowledge. Completing the quizzes wins points, which may be redeemable for items from the developer at a later date. Word pairs and quiz progress can be shared on email, Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In. Several of the quotes and sentences mention mature material, such as going to war, having affairs, getting tipsy, or smoking, but not in ways that promote these behaviors.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- writing clearly
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
The spinning wheel is a fun draw. The definitions are well-written and witty, and the contextual examples drawn from literature are interesting. Kids will enjoy and be challenged by the quizzes.
Questions answered incorrectly repeat until students get them right. Kids can share their scores and favorite words via social media, but there's no opportunity for collaboration.
Kids can easily see their progress in the Master's Lounge. They can also save favorite (or particularly challenging) words by tapping the heart.
What's it about?
Kids spin a colorful wheel to land on a commonly confused word pair, like guerrilla/gorilla, cite/site, or revenge/avenge. Kids can read the definition of the word and how it differs from its "evil twin" and read an entertaining example sentence using the word. The same format is offered for each word in the pair, and then kids choose the correct twin of the word pair to complete sentences. Once they've completed five sentences correctly, they've mastered the word.
Is it any good?
WORDWIT stands out by providing clear, approachable explanations of commonly misused words. The quotes provide real-world examples of the words in context. The mastery quizzes are good for reinforcing learning because they recycle questions until you answer every question correctly. However, the quizzes are best done randomly rather than alphabetically, otherwise you'll face the same quiz more than once in a short period. The spinning and trends features to see word pairs give the app some color and pizzazz, but are not very useful.
Families can talk about...
Steer kids preparing for the SAT to this app.
Give kids access to a variety of reading materials, including books, magazines, even comic books. The more they read, the more vocabulary they'll be exposed to.
Play the app alongside your kid. You may learn some new words, too!