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Tech It Up Tuesday: Knoword

September15

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Time for the next tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I will share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

This week the focus is on Knoword, an online word game that can help boost vocabulary, spelling, and speed of thought while increasing analytical, observational and typing skills as well.

Knoword is a pretty simple and straightforward web resource to use. Begin by selecting the level of difficulty from the menu at the top of the home page—Novice, Hotshot or Wizard, click the big blue “Let’s Go!” button, and let the fast-paced fun begin!

When users begin a new game, they are given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word and one minute to solve the problem. The object of the game is to fill in the remainder of the word as fast as possible. Points and and additional time is earned based on how accurately and quickly the answers are provided.

Don’t know the word? No problem! Just hit the skip button and a new definition will appear.

The initial screen looks something like this:

knoword screenshot1

Since I entered the correct answer (Boom!), here’s what happens next:

knoword screenshot2

At the end of a game, users receive the following data:

knoword screenshot3

Perfect! Of course, I don’t hear that word very often so I was more than happy to receive these results—even if it was after only one round of play!

Anyway, users do not need to register for an account to play Knoword, but creating one provides users with the option of keeping track of game statistics. Registered users can also earn badges based on their performances.

Classroom Connection:

Whether this site is used independently, in small groups or as a competition in a whole class setting, Knoword is a fun yet challenging game that can be used to reinforce students’ vocabulary, spelling and keyboarding skills. It would also be a great resource for students preparing to take the SATs.

FYI: Based on the difficulty of the words I’ve encountered while experimenting with this resource, I would recommend that Knoword be utilized with middle and high school students.

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