WHAT IS NEWSWORDY?
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WHO REVIEWED NEWSWORDY?
Ashok Kumar Adhikari
It was difficult for me to present this topic in my mathematics class, but nonetheless I used the site with all of my classes. Students explored Newswordy and then afterwards we discussed their feedback.
Use of words in tweets is not very convincing, and sometimes it created confusion. The website itself appears simple, but can be confusing to navigate.
This resource is useful for SAT candidates or English word lovers. Most of my students reacted positively to exploration of Newswordy.
Beyond reading the words on the website and seeing them in journalistic context, there was no real interactivity between user and site. As such, even though this site attempts to teach vocabulary in context, the news stories on the site with the associated words are mostly decontextualized from a teacher’s standard curriculum.
Beyond showing students the site as an embedded vocabulary exercise, I had much difficulty incorporating it into my AP English Language & Composition class.
Students had little to say about the resource. The news stories were not relevant to their lives or our learning.
TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:
- Some terms are not appropriate for minors (e.g., drunkorexic), so a careful previewing by the teacher before using this source is necessary.