Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordia The Visual and Collaborative Dictionary!

Wordia is the most interesting dictionary I have ever seen!  Not only does it give you definitions of words like regular dictionaries, but it gives you videos that show you the meaning of the word visually!  What is even better is that the videos are uploaded from all sorts of people like us!  Here is a quotation right from their website.  "Like a traditional dictionary, Wordia allows users to search for the spelling, meaning and etymology of a word but what makes Wordia unique is the ability for users to explore the personal connotation of word through video."  

Imagine in your classroom having students define important concepts and vocabulary words by creating a video to be uploaded to Wordia.  By having your students do this, not only would they be reflecting deeply on the meanings of these words, but also be sharing their learning with a global audience making the assignment very very real!  You could have students work collaboratively in groups or individually.  This is also a great place for students to look up words especially if they are visual learners.  For those teachers using the Universal Design for Learning/Differentiated Instruction, this is a great way to use Web 2.0 tools as alternate learning and assessments paths.

Here is an example of a video done by a student:

http://www.wordia.com/shield_volcano/videos/1301

Go to Wordia today and check out this exciting new tool at http://www.wordia.com/wotd/2010/12/8.  
You can sign up for a free account and let the definitions begin!

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