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Digital Learning

Here is a great resource for you to learn, develop, and refine your vocabulary. This is a great way that you and your parents or your friends can study together, to help reading comprehension and eloquence of language in your own writing! Lets all increase that big dictionary in our heads together! 

The language standard for grades 9-12 in California schools is as follows, “acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.” The Mac and iOS based digital learning application Vocabulary Builder by Magoosh, is an effective and easy-to-use tool for upper level students to refine and build their vocabulary for reading comprehension and writing competency. This application features 1200 words which are given definitions and example sentences. The application is based on a challenging quiz model where the student can unlock new words as they advance through beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. As you progress throughout the app, you will be able to track your progress and review words that posed as a challenge in the past. This design is sleek and simple, and focuses on self-challenging academics rather than games and is thus geared toward older students who are preparing for college. This exact no-frills design can also pose as a disadvantage to those who seek a more fun and game-like learning platform or those who have a difficult time with self-motivation. Similarly, the application will give a definition and provide multiple words to choose from as the answer, and in this the correct choice can at times be easily discernable. This software will be great for students to challenge and quiz one another in an interactive setting, and for parents to be involved with their student’s language acquisition in quizzing and reviewing with them at home. While I as a teacher can quiz them formally, the challenge and competition that comes from peers is much more motivating for student’s success! With this app in class, we can excel together academically and excitingly!  

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