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Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Vocabulary, Parts of Speech, Spelling

What we like best:

Free and functional, this app gets the job done when it comes to vocabulary lookup on the go.

What you should know:

The app depends on web resources for definitions, some of which are user-generated. Quality varies greatly.
Full Review:

It's hard to knock a free app that allows for on-the-go word lookup. This one gives kids the ability to enter vocabulary words, and assuming they have WiFi access, it connects them to Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Answers.com, or Google.

No internet connection? In order to make this app work offline, you'll need to fork over $6.99 for a loadable dictionary and another $4.99 for a thesaurus, both of which are decent, but not as good as Meriam-Webster's free dictionary app. Other than the fact that this app is free, there's not a lot to get excited about here. The app is serviceable, but it contains next to no interaction, other than linked synonyms and a very basic type ahead feature that guesses at a user's intent as they enter words. The app provides pronunciation help, simple definitions, synonyms (linked to definitions), usage examples (in the form of sentence fragments or phrases), and information on the word's origins if available.

Kids can filter search results by part of speech and when they enter a word incorrectly the app provides suggested spellings. While not particularly inspiring, if all you need is quick lookup, this app may suffice.

Reviewed 2012-10-05 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Price:Free
Grade:Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade
Topic:Reading
Platform:Apple, Android
Publisher:WordWeb Software
Standards:Vocabulary Acquisition: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. L4.4. Use context (e.g. definitions examples or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. L4.4. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language word relationships and nuances in word meanings. L.4.5. Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms). L.4.5b. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. L.5.4. Consult reference materials (e.g. dictionaries glossaries thesauruses) both print and digital to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases. L.5.4c. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language word relationships and nuances in word meanings. L.5.5. Use the relationship between particular words (e.g. synonyms antonyms homographs) to better understand each of the words. L.5.5c