A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career. Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and demonstrate understanding, including domain-specific vocabulary words when reading, writing, speaking and listening about a particular topic.
Many web tools can help to support students as they expand their vocabulary, particularly students who benefit from audio and visual support. Combining traditional vocabulary practice with web tools is a great way to motivate students of any age — especially those who are more inclined to use web tools as part of their study routine.
With Quizlet, teachers and students can easily create flashcard decks and word lists for their own use or to share with others. As students assign definitions to each word, the site searches through other card decks to give ideas for what images you might want to use. You can add images to slides or upload your own pictures if you upgrade to use the extra features.
Teachers or their students can use Buncee to make short, engaging presentations that explain the meaning of a new word. Users can combine an audio explanation of what a term means with pictures that help viewers understand how a word could be used in different situations.
This web resource includes practice lists of SAT vocabulary words. Students getting ready to take this college prep exam might not know where to start when it’s time to get ready for the test. On this site teens can access words that commonly appear on the exam.
One of my favorite creation tools for teachers and students is ThingLink. This tool lets users place tags on different parts of an image. These tags can connect to multimedia content including video clips, audio recordings, text, or web links. Teachers can bring vocabulary lists to life by snapping a picture, uploading it to ThingLink, then adding tags that connect to different content. Students can tap the image to hear a definition, see a video of the term in context, or read a sentence where the word is used. Students can also create their own vocabulary posters to share with other students in their class.
Engaging web tools can push students to spend time studying vocabulary words. This list includes sites that support students with a variety of learning styles. Learning and applying domain-specific vocabulary to a variety of situations is an essential skill for students of all ages!
What websites have you used to practice new vocabulary words?
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.