Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Word Dynamo - More Than Just Vocabulary Games

Word Dynamo is an academic review exercises site hosted by Dictionary.com. The Word Dynamo name might make you think that it only offers vocabulary exercises, but there is more to it than that. In addition to vocabulary quizzes and flashcards, on Word Dynamo you will find quizzes, games, and flashcards for studying topics in social studies, science, math, and fine arts.

Students visiting Word Dynamo can choose exercises based on their grade level, subject they're studying, or standardized test that they're preparing to take. Students who register on the Word Dynamo can save their scores and progress. After completing their first activity students may be asked to create an account, but that step can be skipped if they don't want to register on the site.

Applications for Education
Word Dynamo is the kind of site that I like to have bookmarked and or linked to on a classroom website for students to access to use for constructive downtime. One of the ways that I've seen this done in elementary school classrooms is by creating a Symbaloo page of teacher-approved academic games that students can use on those days that recess has to be held indoors.