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Words U
by Echelon Creative
GRADES / Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12)
PRICING PLANS / Freemium
PLATFORMS / iPhone App, iPhone

Learn college-level words by texting friends

Overview

Words U is an iPhone app that helps students learn college-level words by texting friends. Students send their friends text messages through the Words U app, and certain words from the original sentence appear as college-level words highlighted in blue, so that users may click and look up its definition. Words U uses a freemium pricing model.

APPROACH

After downloading the app, teachers first sign up via e-mail and log on to Words U to create a group. A group code is provided so that later on students may use that group code to join in.

Once students have downloaded the app and signed up, they may search for a group to join. The group may be the one their teacher created for their class or may be other public groups on the app. Inside the group the student has chosen, there are a list of users (such as the student’s classmates if it was their class’ group), and the student can choose the person to chat with. After the student sends a text message to that person, certain words from the original sentence are switched with a college-level word highlighted in blue. Students can click on that word to further see its definition. As students send more messages and look up more words, their level goes up as well.

IMPLEMENTATION

Words U is currently only available on the iPhone.

PRICING

The app uses a freemium pricing model, with in-app purchases of additional words available.

WHO IS USING IT

The number of users is unavailable.

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

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Teacher ELA Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population

It would be great to have some way of being sure that students were actually texting on-task. A means of compiling how often students incorporated the suggested vocabulary would also help me justify the use ...

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EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Teacher ELA Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population

It would be great to have some way of being sure that students were actually texting on-task. A means of compiling how often students incorporated the suggested vocabulary would also help me justify the use ...

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ELA Teacher. School Type: High School, Higher Education, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, BYOD Devices

Could it potentially be tied back to me to show me how often a student uses the words that are supplied to them by the system? This works for texting - what about other social media? I use social media for some communications with my students so this type of application would be hel...

PRICING PLANS

Freemium

Freemium
Can be purchased by Teacher, School Leader, District Administrator, Student, or Parent. - In-app purchases of additional words are available

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is available as a native application on the following devices:
iPhone App

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Audience

For Students For Students

Characteristics

Social Learning Social Learning

Subject Matter

Language Arts Language Arts
Reading Reading
Vocabulary Vocabulary