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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.
Word Dynamo by dictionary.com is a dynamic application that will help students build vocabulary all the way from elementary through college. The way the application works is students first go through and create a profile. Once the profile is created, they take the Dynamo word challenge. This is going to test them on a variety of words based on their starting grade level. At the end of it's going to create a unique placement for that particular student. As students come back to the application, they will have their own recommended work list and students will be challenged with words that are appropriate for the particular placement. I have already created an account, and taken the word dynamo challenge.
I'm going to go ahead and login, so we can take a look at how the application functions once students have been assessed. To login I'm going to click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner and then choose Login from the drop-down menu. Now that I've entered my e-mail address and password, I'll simply click the Login button. So here you can see my work score in the bottom left-hand corner. This word score places me at the coil level, meaning that after the assessment I've been placed at level 18 out of 20. Each level has a variety of stages that students need to work through.
After each stage is completed, the next stage is unlocked. At any time, students can always go back and choose to review additional stages. Right now, I'm at the hyperbole stage. So to access this stage, I simply click on it. Here I have a variety of options. I can do the matching game, the listening game, or I can even just bring up flash cards for a quick study guide. I'm going to go ahead and start the matching game. So here it gives me a word, like, paramount, and I can go and choose the appropriate definition. I'm going to say that, paramount is the greatest or utmost. If it turns green, I got it correct and it moves me on to the next question.
So here I have utmost, and I'm going to say that it's of the greatest or highest degree. The game will continue until all nine words have been established. At the end of the game, students will either increase their word score or it will stay the same based on their level of completion. I'm going to exit this game by clicking the arrow in the upper-left hand corner, and I'm going to go ahead and choose Yes that it's an unsaved game. Furthermore, I can also create individual word lists. Here I can create new lists of words that I commonly have issues with. This way I can create my own study guides and make sure I master those words. This is a great tool to get students ready for the SATs, and a great way for you to track where students are at in their word mastery.
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