Teaching & Learning Tools: Words With Friends EDU

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Introduction

I recently discovered there was an education version of Words with Friends.

Words With Friends EDU brings the fun of Words With Friends into your classroom. Students learn new words as they play in a safe environment with their classmates, and teachers and parents track students’ progress using custom teacher dashboards.

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Parent and Teacher Tools

  • Teacher Dashboard – Teachers and parents can track students’ gameplay and learning through a dashboard displaying three types of reports – Shout Out reports that call out students’ learning and engagement milestones, Watch Out reports that draw teachers’ attention to signals that students aren’t learning or engaged, and Standards Reports that show students’ progress against Common Core Standards.
  • Classroom Management Tool – Teachers and parents can set up and manage membership in private “classrooms”. Players can only play against other players in their classroom.
  • Lesson Plans – Developed in partnership with WestEd, a suite of lesson plans supplement the game and drive deeper learning and Common Core Standards alignment.
  • Safety and Privacy – Words With Friends EDU is fully COPPA compliant, and students can only play with other players in their classroom.

Words With Friends EDU Official Trailer from Zynga.org on Vimeo.

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