What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wordia is a website where kids can play spelling and word-based games. They'll have to register to save and share their game scores, and registration requires an email address. Generally, the experience should be fairly safe: users can't directly email each other, and Wordia says it screens for sensitive words and reviews submitted videos.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- work to achieve goals
- academic development
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Hip characters move and react to responses, making games feel more personal. You're rewarded for completing rounds quickly and given bonus points for accuracy. Seeing high-point earners encourages some healthy competition.
Learning could be more integrated. For example, a racing game focuses more on speed than on vocab. Some games include hints and have different levels, but it'd be helpful to see lists of words you've missed.
A blog offers updates on how new site features can be used in the classroom. Also, each week Wordia awards a different school several free T-shirts for creating games.
What's it about?
Wordia is a website where you can play games that stress spelling and word recognition or make your own games using simple templates. Many games feature multiple levels, provide hints, and reward users for providing quick, correct answers. Games are organized by subject area or age level. Kids can view brief videos that offer explanations or get a definition by searching for a word. A classroom-friendly option lets teachers create and share games with students based on their curriculums.
Is it any good?
For the most part, Wordia games offer helpful spelling and word-recognition practice for kids age 7 to 14. Some are stronger than others; a racing game focuses so much on speeding it's hard to let the vocab lesson sink in. Many games let you choose the difficulty level, and kids can create their own. However, there's no consistent way to track words you've missed versus ones you haven't. Wordia also could use more reference materials, including videos, and its set-up causes some limitations. For example, kids can't easily share games unless they're part of the same virtual classroom, which makes the experience safer but also limits the amount of content available.
Families can talk about...
Your family can talk about which games your child found most helpful. Did spelling out new words help your child remember them, or did the site's crossword and other games prove more useful?
Check out the new words your kid learned on the site, and ask them to work each one into a casual, after-school chat. Which did they find most difficult to understand?
Are there any vocabulary words your child is struggling with? Create a game together on the site to help reinforce the terminology. They'll feel involved with the process, and it should be fun, too.