I wonder if a different approach would be more inspiring and interactive to students, and therefore more effective. So, I began to build an alternative (or additional) approach to vocabulary to share with my Language Arts teachers. I wanted the options to be practical, completable in one class period, and introduce and/or reinforce the vocabulary for the week.
1. Wordia - have student pick a word from the list and create a short video wordia-style
- Have students sit/stand in front of camera with little to no props and explain the word by defining it, telling what it means to them, and giving an example of how to use the word
2. WordAhead - have students create their own narrated definition and example sentence with a visual
- Instead of having one picture playing the entire explanation (as is done in wordahead) I would have students use a comic generator
- Try Pixton, Bitstrips, or GoAnimate
3. Weboword - have students create their own stick-figure representations of their word
4. Shahi - have students create their own visual dictionary
- To find pictures try compfight, morguefile, 4FreePhotos, and behold
- How you choose to have the students create and share their visual dictionary - PowerPoint, online presentation apps, MovieMaker, Word document, Wikispaces, Photostory, Animoto, Big Huge Labs
All of these sites themselves could be used to introduce students to their vocabulary. However, the number of words available on these sites is very limited. I think their true strength lies in providing an example of what students could produce by working with their vocab words.