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Reference update: New Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster


It’s one of those reference tools that clearly illustrates the argument for occasionally moving beyond Wikipedia.  Launched back in November, Merriam-Webster’s
Visual Dictionary Online offers definitions for more than 20,000 terms with audio pronunciations, as well as "more than 6,000 stunning illustrations of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life."

Search, or choose instead to browse 15 broad themes: astronomy, earth, plants, animals, humans, food, housing, clothing, arts and architecture, communications, transportation and machinery, energy, science, society, and sports and games.

The featured Game of the Week, invites players to associate words with a group of images.  This week’s game, on conifers, asks: "As you admire the decorated trees around you, can you tell a fir from a spruce?"  Sadly, I cannot. 

I can, however, identify glassware quite well.  (See below.)

There’s stuff here to meet the needs and curiosity of students, teachers (ESL folks especially), parents,  homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, and others.   It looks like lesson plans are coming too. 

How about an iGoogle widget/gadget?

                    

  
                                                      


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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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  1. i cnat really see the names and the animal cell so you might want to fix it please ok thanke.

  2. i cnat really see the names and the animal cell so you might want to fix it please ok thanke.

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