vobot is great for independent learners, but it’s also a powerful tool for language teachers: your students can look up words in class or at home, and practice them in connection with authentic sample sentences. Check out some activities a couple of teachers have come up with!
vobot is not meant to replace classic learning. It helps students expand their receptive vocabulary with targeted practicing of those words they personally have difficulty with. Using vobot’s series of 5 exercises, they get the practice they need to make words stick.
Students’ self-created vocabulary lists offer practice within the context of an authentic phrase or sentence. Unlike traditional flashcards (or flashcard apps), vobot tests the ability to fully spell a word correctly after completing our series of five exercises.
So vobot really holds users accountable for getting it right, while traditional flashcards (and most vocabulary training apps) do not objectively measure if the learner is really on the right track or not.
Using vobot in your class
vobot can be used instead of a traditional dictionary during reading exercises, and one extra click will add a word to the learning list. Another benefit is that students who read faster can use vobot’s vocabulary exercises to continue working quietly while other students finish reading.
Used in groups or pairs, students can add words as they read out loud to each other, and then do the vocabulary exercises as a team.
vobot can also support students when they read at home. You can tell them that you expect them to know all the words from a reading – and it won’t be that hard for them, because they can look all the words up AND practice them in the app.
For some inspiration, we have created a vobot teacher's guide: download it here. One of the proposed exercises is “StoryCorner”. We also have a free WhatsApp broadcast called StoryCorner that your students can sign up for. Very engaged classes are even invited to submit their own stories! Get all the details here.
Getting a class or school discount
The Appstore offers qualifying educational organizations the possibility to buy volume licenses of 20 or more at a 50% discount. This is where you can apply for the program: https://volume.itunes.apple.com/store
Once you are enrolled in Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Education you can purchase discounted licenses of vobot here: http://apple.co/22pGPyK
Yes, vobot is only available for iPhone or iPad at the moment. An Android version is currently being programmed.
Help us improve vobot!
We’d love to know more about your needs. With just a little feedback, you can help us make vobot an even better resource for teachers. Let us know which improvements are most important to you by filling out our vobot wishlist.
We would also love to hear from you personally. Please send us an email.