While doing my TechTask on mobile learning I stumbled across a great app for my iPhone called Word A Day. There are several versions of this app, but I chose the free one. Each day the app gives you a new word and its definition. It also has an audio feature where it says the word for you so that you know the correct pronunciation and uses the word in a sentence as well. Today's word is uxorious, which means to be excessively devoted or submissive to ones wife.
While this is not something that I would ask my students to download I think that it is a great app! In my English class this fall I am going to use this app to have a word of the day written on the board. I am hoping that this will promote student inquiry and spark their curiosity with the different words as well as expand their vocabulary, and my own as well! Right now the only thing I am still unsure of is if it would be more beneficial to include a definition with my word of the day, or if the students will be curious and ambitious enough to find the definition on their own?