App Name: Whirly Word
What does it promise? How many words can you make from six letters? That is the challenge presented by Whirly Word.
Does it deliver? Yes, and yes. Players are presented with six random letters and asked to come up with as many words as possible from the combination. A handy guide at the top of the screen provides players with a count of how many words are possible and how many letters each word contains.
A fun feature is the ability to “whirl” the letters around. This shuffles their order to offer a fresh perspective and spur additional word creation. Once a player has created enough words to break the minimum threshold for a puzzle, he or she may advance to the next one. However, the user may continue to work the current puzzle until all the possible words are created. Bonus points are awarded for completing an entire puzzle, as well as for creating palindromes and creating all of the three-letter words, four-letter words, etc.
Can I use it in my classroom? Certainly. Whirly Word is a brilliant word game that forces players to think creatively to build as many words as they can from a small sample of letters. There are few games that provide this level of academic rigor with this much fun.
All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.