Frequently Asked Questions

How will InferCabulary help my students?

Rather than asking students to memorize complex language-definitions that they do not understand, they use Semantic Reasoning, a cognitive-educational approach we created, whereby students actively infer the meaning of words based on seeing five images of the word used in different contexts.

How much time do you recommend that students spend on InferCabulary?

We recommend daily practice, but the University of Virginia study showed significant improvement with just 20 minutes of use three times per week.

How can I select which words my students will work on?

You can use the Star Words feature to prioritize words for your students.
1. Select a classroom from the dropdown.
2. In the Classroom Word List, check the box in the “Starred” column next to words you want to emphasize. This will star the word for all the students in the classroom.
Or, you can star many words at a time!
1. Apply some filters, such as filtering for a book you are currently teaching.
2. Above the Classroom Word List, click the Star All Displayed Words option.

Can I make adjustments for individual students?

If you want to prioritize a word for an individual student, rather than the whole class, you can do that in the student report.
1. Select the student's classroom from the dropdown.
2. Next to View Student Report, select the student's name.
3. In the Student Word List, check the box in the “Starred” column next to words you want to emphasize.

Why do my students also see words that I didn't star?

Students are assigned words based on grade-level. Word levels were estimated using a composite list of data from The Educator's Word Frequency Guide [Zeno, et al], the Word Frequency Book [Carroll, et al], and the Computational Analysis of Present-day American English [Kucera and Francis].
In each climb, the game algorithm selects a combination of starred words, new words, partially learned words, and learned words.

Can I use InferCabulary as a group activity in class?

Yes! InferCabulary can be used with individual students, small groups and the entire class. The Classroom Play option lets you play InferCabulary as a group with your class. Classroom Play progress does not affect individual student progress. Actively engage students in the process by demonstrating Think Alouds. Then ask them to:
• Analyze the pictures
• Engage in critical thinking
• Determine the common thread
• Identify the single word that represents this concept

My student can’t log in. How can I change a student’s password?

Simple!:
1. Using your Teacher Login, select the student’s classroom from the dropdown menu.
2. Select the student’s name from the View Student Details dropdown.
3. In the student details page, click the Expand Account Details button, and click the Change Password button.
• Analyze the pictures
• Engage in critical thinking
• Determine the common thread
• Identify single word represents this concept?

Can I adjust a student’s level, if I feel the content is too hard or too easy?

Yes! You can change a student’s level.
1. Select the classroom that the student is in.
2. Select the student’s name from the View Student Details dropdown.
3. In the student details page, click the Expand Account Details button, and select the level to which you want to change.
The student's level will update after they complete their current climb.

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