Showing posts with label Dictionary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dictionary. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kids Wordsmyth - An Illustrated Dictionary for Kids

Kids Wordsmyth is a great visual dictionary that I learned about through Kelly Tenkely's excellent blog, iLearnTechnology. On Kids Wordsmyth students can search for words, hear them pronounced, read definitions, and see illustrations of words. Students can search for words or simply browse through the Kids Wordsmyth online dictionary. The dictionary is arranged in a virtual book format with tabs for each letter of the alphabet.

Applications for Education
Kids Wordsmyth is the type of resource that I like to link to and feature prominently on classroom blogs / websites. When a words of a definition aren't adequate, the picture could help students grasp the definition of a new word.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Try Word Hippo for Definitions, Antonyms, Translations, and More

Word Hippo is a nice little tool that students can use to find definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and translations for words. The service also provides students with verb conjugation assistance, pronunciation assistance, and assistance with prefixes and suffixes. In total Word Hippo offers more than a dozen tools for students.

Applications for Education
Word Hippo could be a good aid to ELL students. Some of Word Hippo's features could be useful for all students. For example, the synonym finder could be useful to a student that finds himself using the same adjective over and over throughout a paper. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dictionary Bubble - Double Click Words to See Definitions and Synonyms

Dictionary Bubble is a free Chrome extension that provides definitions and synonyms for any word that you double-click in an online article. The extension will also provide an audio pronunciation of the words on which you double-click. If highlighting and or using keyboard commands is more your style, you can customize the extension to response to highlights and keyboard shortcuts.


Applications for Education
Dictionary Bubble could be useful to students who need a little assistance with the definitions and or pronunciations of new words that they encounter in an online reading assignment.

H/T to Addictive Tips

Friday, September 27, 2013

Word Sense - See the Connections Between Words

Update: As of April 2018 this tool no longer exists.

Word Sense is a neat little service that is one part dictionary and one part thesaurus. When you enter a word into Word Sense it will show you the definition(s) for the word as well as the connections to associated and similar words. You can see any of the definitions of the connected words by simply clicking on them to pop-up a definition.

Applications for Education
What I like about Word Sense in comparison to a typical thesaurus or dictionary is that students can see the connections between the words they started out with and the words they end up using. I also like that students can get clear examples of the words being used in context.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Build a Word Kingdom on Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com is the default online dictionary for millions of people. But did you know that Dictionary.com also has word games for your edutainment? Dictionary.com offers six registration-free and fun word games. The two games that I like best are Miss Spell's Class and Word Kingdom. In Miss Spell's Class students are presented with twenty commonly misspelled words and quickly decide if the spelling they're looking at is correct or incorrect. Word Kingdom could be described as Zelda meets word search. In Word Kingdom players have to construct words in order to earn objects like wood and gold. Once enough objects are earned players can move on to the next level until they have built their Word Kingdoms.

Applications for Education 
If you're looking for some word games that your students can play independently, Dictionary.com's games are a good starting place. Linking these games to your classroom blog would make it easy for students and their parents to locate the games quickly and give them another good reason to check in on your blog.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wolfram Alpha Word Widgets

Wolfram Alpha is known as a computation and statistics search engine, but Wolfram Alpha offers more than that. Two of examples of this are found in Wolfram's new word widgets. Wolfram now offers a dictionary widget that provides users with definitions, synonyms, and pronunciations.


The Fun Word Calculator provides users with anagrams, rhyming words, and the Scrabble value of words.


Applications for Education
If you post reading assignments on your classroom blog, the dictionary widget from Wolfram Alpha could be useful addition to your classroom blog or website. Students can access the widget whenever they come across a new word and find the definition without leaving the page they're reading.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Wolfram Alpha Launches a Custom Widget Builder
Goofram - Google and Wolfram Alpha Side by Side
Wolfram Alpha for Educators - Free Lesson Plans

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wordia Brings Words to Life in Video

Wordia is a free visual, video dictionary. Wordia features a selection of user-submitted and professionally created videos explaining the meaning of a word. The videos focus on the everyday use of words while the text accompanying each video provides the dictionary definition of the word. The video below explains the word literacy.



Applications for Education
Wordia is now offering an education section of their service. Wordia Schools provides a private area for students to share videos that they have created for the vocabulary covered in your curriculum. Wordia Schools is free, you can take a tour and sign up here.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections
Snappy Words - A Visual Dictionary and Thesaurus

Friday, December 18, 2009

Words Like - A Simple, Visual Thesaurus

Words Like is handy little website for those times when you need a thesaurus. Words Like works in your choice of two ways. You can browse the word clouds or simply enter a word in the search box. Any word that you click on in either the word cloud or in the list generated by your search will lead you to at least one word with a similar meaning. Definitions are provided for every word on Words Like.

Applications for Education
Words Like could be useful for student writers that are in need of some new words to spice-up their writing.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New from Google - Dictionary & Search Translation

Last week Google added a couple of new features to its services. Google now offers their own dictionary. The dictionary is available in twenty-eight languages.

Google also added a new search option. Users can now translate their search terms and search results without having to cut and paste into Google Translate. To use the new search translation, enter your search terms then select translate from the "more options" menu.













Applications for Education
The new search translation option could be useful for ESL students and students studying foreign languages. The dictionary option enables students to locate definitions of words in twenty-eight languages.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Visual Dictionary from Merriam Webster

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ninja Words - A Super Fast Dictionary

Like the title of this post says, Ninja Words is a super fast online dictionary. Just type a word in the search box and Ninja Words almost instantly provides the definition(s). Ninja Words uses Wiktionary to provide definitions. You can get single definitions or type in a combination of words get and compare multiple definitions. If you're using Firefox or IE 7+ you can use Ninja Words in your search toolbar.

Thanks to Twitter user Ozge for the tip about Ninja Words.

Applications for Education
Ninja Words is a handy little resource for your students to access on their computers. You may want to link it to your classroom blog so that students can quickly look up words that they don't know while reading blog entries.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Wordnik Has Everything About Words
Leximo - The World's Multilingual Dictionary
Math Dictionary For Kids - Visual Dictionary

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Wordnik has Everything About Words

Wordnik may be the most robust online dictionary on the web. Wordnik offers definitions from multiple sources, examples of the word used in literature, links to related words, image related to the word, pronunciation recordings, the etymology of words, and real-time uses of a word on Twitter. None of these features on their own are anything new or ground-breaking, but the combination of these features in one place is outstanding.

Applications for Education
Wordnik is an excellent online dictionary to share with students because presents definitions and content in a variety of ways. The variety of content formats on Wordnik means that there is something with which almost every student can connect.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary
Flashcards and Word Searches Using Google Spreadsheets
Ten Spelling Games and Lessons... And a Laugh

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Leximo - The World's Multilingual Dictionary

Leximo is a multilingual dictionary constructed of words and definitions contributed by Leximo users. As of this writing, there are more than 93,000 words in at least ten languages. It appears that most of the words on the website right now are English or Hindi words.

Applications for Education
The Leximo concept could have some potential as a resource in foreign langauge or ESL/EFL classrooms. The definitions are contributed by users of the Leximo website so there is potential for the definitions to reflect a more casual or slang definition of a word than is found in a standard dictionary.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Math Dictionary For Kids - Visual Dictionary

Jenny Eather has put together a great dictionary of math terms that students in elementary school and middle school will find useful. A Maths Dictionary for Kids provides simple and clear definitions of math terms. Each definition includes a small diagram or simple activity to illustrate the term's definition. A Maths Dictionary for Kids does not have a search option, but it doesn't need one as all definitions appear alphabetically just like in a physical dictionary.

Applications for Education
A Maths Dictionary for Kids is a great resource for students when they are working on homework assignments or individual in-class assignments. The visual clues provided by in the dictionary are useful for students who struggle to visualize the meaning of a math term.
An activity that math teachers could do with student related to A Maths Dictionary for Kids would be to have students review a few selected terms then create their own visual depiction of math terms to display in the classroom or online.

Below is a sample of what the definitions and diagrams look like on A Maths Dictionary for
Kids.