Thank you so much for using Wordsmyth. We appreciate your willingness to share with us your experience of using Wordsmyth resources.

Here’s the great news! We have completed the first version of our Teacher Tools, with the basic functions needed to manage student accounts and classes, create and assign vocabulary lessons, and review vocabulary reports. However, this current version of our Teacher Tools lacks the finishing touches of “user experience” design. That’s where you come in. We would like to ask you to participate in our design research and help us to work out the best user experience for you. Since you and your students are receiving a free subscription to Wordsmyth resources, we hope this is a fair deal – a win-win arrangement.

Here is what we would like you to do:

  1. Turn on access to Teacher Tools by a special check-box in your Settings

Check the last item in Comprehensive Dictionary tab in your Settings as shown in screenshot above. Then click “save” and return to the web site. You will see that the Teacher Tools menu now appears on the main menu bar.

You can turn off the Teacher Tools menu in the same way if you don’t want to have it visible all the time.

2. Set up and try out the Teacher Tools.

Feel free to explore and experiment with these tools by yourself. A link to the Help document is available for assistance on every webpage.

But to get a better idea of how the system works for activities such as reporting, you might gather a group of volunteer students to try out the activities. Or you might ask colleagues to participate as students. It’s always good to have a group of users who can share ideas.

3. Send us your feedback.

Our survey questions will help to structure your feedback. Of course, we also appreciate any additional way you would like to send us your ideas and suggestions. Through this feedback, we hope to get your reactions to our design and functionality, based on your particular classroom needs and your experiences with teaching vocabulary, as well as on your experience with other educational software. Your personal preferences are relevant and welcome. In the end, we’ll do our best to find and implement design features and functions that work intuitively and effectively. 🙂 Please send your response by email to angelaz@wordsmyth.net. Angela Zhang is Wordsmyth’s Product Development Manager, and she will process your email. She may also respond with some follow-up questions.

Contact us anytime if you have questions about participation in our design research process. Thank you!