The following post was in partnership with Zynga.
It would be hard to find an adult who hasn’t played Words With Friends, in fact, it is one of the world’s most popular mobile word game. The developers of this highly engaging game decided to take it one step further and create a fun and engaging experience for students called Words With Friends EDU.
Words With Friends EDU couples education with technology and learning with fun. Your kids are already using technology so why not engage with them and put that tech time to good use? Parents can play against their kids and the best part is kids have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning! In fact, Zynga reports that students show significant gains in the use of academic words in their first six sessions and after playing just 15 games, students’ use of academic vocabulary increased by 55% and 24% of students who learn an academic word through the game go on to play that word correctly in future games.
Words With Friends EDU was developed for students in grades 4th – 8th to increase their vocabulary by learning high-value academic words. Words With Friends, is now available for students, teachers and parents on the App Store for iPad, Google Play for Android tablet and on the Web.
New features of this new game include Power Words (these are words frequently used in required reading, textbooks and assessments). Kids can also get ‘definition hints’ and earn badges and avatars. Each badge unlocks items to let them customize their avatar (always extremely motivating).
Parents and teachers will love the interactive dashboard where they can track their students’ progress and learning via individual achievements and even progress towards Common Core Standards.
It’s super easy to play. You make an account and feel free to join our ModernMom classroom. Anyone can join it – use code 2BN2T.
Then “Tiler T” will guide you through some rules. Your student can challenge you or another player and whoever scores the most points wins! If you see a green dot on the Power Words list you can play a Power Word in that turn. You get 10 bonus points any time you play a Power Word. You can use a key to see the definition of the best Power Word you can play on that turn. But you only get 5 keys per game!
My daughter and I are playing and having so much fun. I love that we are bonding and learning at the same time!
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- What word do you most commonly misspell?