This past fall, as we worked with teachers using as the backbone of a vocabulary curriculum, we've been learning about some new ways to use our tool in a classroom, school, or even district-wide context. Check out some of these creative applications for below. 

Newark, OH: District Wide Vocabulary Learning This fall, the Newark City Schools district is asking the question: What would it mean for every middle and high school student in the district to master the same ten vocabulary words every week over the course of a school year? Literacy curriculum coach Dr. Tara Boyer, a 17-year ELA veteran, is betting that students who increase their vocabulary in this guided, school-wide way will improve their fluency in thinking and writing and make a dramatic improvement in their level of achievement. 

Key to Success: Efficiency in Numbers By making vocabulary learning a district-wide commitment, Newark sent teachers and students a message about the importance of vocabulary study. The sales and technology teams at were able to give them the support they needed to get a district full of students to sign on. And teachers will make time for the weekly list because they know they are all working on it together.


Monroe County, FL: Differentiating Instruction The Monroe County School District reaches from the bottom of the Florida Keys one hundred miles north into the Everglades. Its greatest challenge is its economic, social, and racial diversity. Many students are new to English and, due to the high cost of housing, families are living on the edge of homelessness while others are growing up in substantial wealth.

What school administrators value in is the tool's ability to differentiate instruction. The game adapts to each student's vocabulary level and moves quickly or more slowly through lists based on how a student is doing with it. 

Key to Success: A Three Year Commitment Monroe administrators knew right off the bat they wanted to commit to using for three years. Given the diversity and logistical complexity of the district, administrators believe this three-year window will be crucial in ensuring the program's success.


Georgetown, DE: Moving Beyond ELA What distinguished the training gave at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, DE earlier this fall was the diversity of faculty in the room. We're used to seeing ELA instructors, but at Sussex Tech, half the teachers who came were interested in using for subjects other than ELA. Recognizing how important vocabulary learning is in every subject is a key focus of the Common Core, and we were thrilled to see these teachers identifying our tool as a means to this end. 

Key to Success: Existing Technology Focus The technology focus of Sussex Tech means that students and teachers are already comfortable with technology and able to jump start their use of