Technology Update

January Edition

Happy New Year!

I hope that you enjoyed your Winter Break. I can't say that mine was relaxing, but I was thankful for more time with my little ones. As always, let me know if there is anything (training, creating, etc.) that I can do for you or your grade level.


Wordsmyth is an online dictionary with three reading environments for three different audiences.

WILD is a visual environment developed especially for grades K-3. Features include:

  • Definitions written with a controlled vocabulary of 1500 words
  • Developmentally-appropriate sentences for every word and for each meaning of a word
  • Integrated visual environments including World, Book, and Collections to really allow students to explore language
  • Audio for each word
  • Fun activities to promote literacy

The Word Explorer Children's Dictionary was developed for upper elementary students featuring:

  • Related-words feature for concept mapping, writing, and brainstorming
  • Easy-to-read definitions and examples
  • Word histories, language notes, images, and animation to help build literacy.

The Comprehensive Dictionary-Thesaurus Suite has three reading levels: Beginner's, Intermediate, and Advanced. It features:

  • Easy-to-read definitions and examples
  • Synonyms, similar words, and antonyms under each definition
  • Audio pronunciations
  • Thousands of images

Andrea Savill

Instructional Technology Facilitator