Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tech Tip Thursday - Word Ball

Word Ball is one of our favorite apps on iPad! The great news is this app is available for Droid and Nook users as well, it ranges from a free version to 1.99! It is similar to Boggle - but on speed! The balls {letters} bounce around the screen and you must create words by tapping on the balls. Words are based on a leveled point system, the more challenging a word is, the more points it receives! It also receives points for what letters are used - vowels get the smallest amount of points, but letters like Q and Z offer the most points. As time goes on the balls {letters} you don't use shrink and eventually disappear - making it more challenging to create words. Words also have to be at least 3 letters long. If a words is misspelled, it will let the play know and not award any points. When the game is finished, students can review the words they created. This app is perfect for your word work station! It is appropriate for students of all ages, even I enjoy playing it. It naturally lends itself to having students focusing on spelling patterns.

You could have different variations of this game to make it more interesting & challenging:
  • Play regular - allowing students to create any words
  • Create words only using a certain spelling pattern
  • Each word they create they must create a word that rhymes with it
  • Only words that begin with a certain letter
  • Only words with a certain theme or subject {vocabulary}
  • Class challenge - by keeping track of students scores

WARNINGS: The program is set up to be able to play against others, however the option must be setup. Students could potentially try to get in and change these settings, so a discussion about this may be necessary. Also on the opening page, there are options to buy different versions. It is important to make sure you have your settings in place that a password must be used to purchase apps! The free version has banner ads, as we know you never know what you are going to get with the ads!


  1. I'm getting ONE iPad for my class and I to use this year so we will definitely check that out!

    Ginger Snaps

  2. I'm definitely pinning this so I can remember it. Sounds like a great app!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Thanks for sharing! Going to check this app out.

  4. Thanks for sharing all of you r fantastic ideas!

  5. You all are very welcome! It's a really fun app, but challenges the kids at the time!