Thursday, October 14, 2010

Everything's in the Name! Learning Chocolate?

Web 2.0 tools have some unusual names and Learning Chocolate is one of those.  The Learning Chocolate website says the site provides a fun way for students to memorize vocabulary in an interesting and efficient way.  They suggest that trying their games students will enjoy learning, like eating chocolate.

The creative name enticed me to check out the site and learn more!  The interactive games are intended for ELL students but provide excellent vocabulary, spelling, memory practice.  Students can review vocabulary with audio and games include matching, fill-in, dictation, and a help button.
The tool provides clear audio support for the vocabulary and offers translation and audio support in English, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.  The audio support is clear and the audio feature is a way to engage students and increase differentiation efforts and it is widely supported that increasing vocabulary supports reading comprehension.

Keeping it Simple

This site has a clear, easy to understand interface. 
There is a registration however, you do not need to register in order to use the site.
There are more than 70 categories of vocabulary words.
Text to speech feature is clear.
The site can be used for speakers and learners of multiple languages.

The power of a well developed vocabulary is connected to academic success.  Learning Chocolate is a tool that can help all students develop their vocabulary skills.  I encourage you to check out the site and comment on this post.