Super-librarian Shannon Miller recently introduced Vocabulary.com to fifth and sixth graders at Van Meter Elementary outside of Des Moines, Iowa, through a webinar led by Vocabulary.com director of curriculum development Georgia Scurletis.
The verdict? Students were "Having Fun And Learning Lots Of New Words." So much so that Miller posted about it on her blog, featuring great pictures of students immersed in learning on laptops, tablets, and through the library's SmartBoard, where the webinar was displayed.
Here is an excerpt from what Miller had to say:
Our students and teachers have been enjoying a new website to all of us at Van Meter. It is called Vocabulary.com.
A few months ago I met the wonderful people at Vocabulary.com and have been sharing it with our school community ever since. On Thursday, we invited my friend Georgia from Vocabulary.com to connect with our 5th and 6th graders as they learned about their personal account and all of the in's and out's of the website. The 5th graders brought their iPads (some grabbed a laptop when they came into the library too) and the 6th graders brought their MacBooks. Georgia and the teachers created accounts for each students before our connection in the library, so they all logged into their own account.
It was such a fun connection and so meaningful for the students and teachers.
During the webinar, Van Meter students' playing earned them a spot on the Vocabulary.com school leaderboard, inspiring them to keep playing. Wrote Miller, "They were going to keep on playing....and I had several of them tell me they couldn't wait to play at home too."
Read the rest of Miller's blog post here.
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