By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Limited data, errors detract from spelling and word fun.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Wordia says fluency, auditory, and phonics games are in development, but kids can learn new terms. Many games involve spelling and word recognition and offer typing practice. Some also touch on subjects such as geography, biology, religion, and information technology. Some games move a bit slowly, but many let you pick a difficulty level and reward you for responding quickly and accurately. Wordia has potential, but instructions can be confusing, and the content contains some surprising errors. The site would benefit from a thorough edit as well as better ways to log words you're learning.
Mastering vocabulary can be exciting and empowering.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kids can look up words such as porn in searches, but the definitions are brief and not at all gratuitous.
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Site content is generally tame. The search function won't provide definitions for terms such as f--k; b---h is defined as a female dog; and a-- is defined as a member of the horse family. Kids could potentially include swear words in game vocabulary lists, and the games would be automatically shared with any classroom accounts they're linked to.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Any definitions provided for words such as marijuana are purely academic.
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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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, spelling, Social Studies: geography, history
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, memorization
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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