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InferCabulary Pro

InferCabulary Pro is a web-based vocabulary program that offers teachers access to (ultimately) 6,000-8,000 important, nuanced vocabulary words presented using Semantic Reasoning. Teachers assign word lists for students who can learn collectively in large or small group instruction or individually. Words can be: 1) hand-selected from the database; 2) assigned by grade-level or 3) assigned by literature title (words are cross-referenced with over 100 popular and classic literature titles). Teachers can also assign IC Pro as homework.

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

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InferCabulary™ is a vocabulary iPad app requiring students to visually infer the meaning of core curriculum vocabulary words. Definitions are presented in simple language with beautiful photos further solidifying the meaning for students. Students can use a teach mode and/or game mode to reinforce and support vocabulary understanding. Versions include vocabulary from specific literary works used in school systems across the country.


WordQuations™ is an iPad app designed to help students master the subtle meanings of verb synonyms. It helps older students understand the distinctions between synonyms such as plod, trudge, meander and slink. The formula presented throughout this app provides clues about character motivation and feelings for improved reading comprehension. Students can also use the app to improve verb choices in their writing, eliminating random thesaurus choices.

Test of Semantic Reasoning

The Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR) is a new, standardized vocabulary assessment for children and adolescents ages 7 through 17. Semantic reasoning is the process by which new words are learned and retrieved from one’s lexicon through analysis of multiple images that convey various contexts of the word’s meaning.

The TOSR assesses breadth (the number of lexical entries one has) and depth (the extent of semantic representation for each known word) of vocabulary knowledge without taxing expressive language skills, providing an important new resource for individuals assessing children with possible language and literacy deficits. Breadth and depth are both important for literacy. Breadth is related to early decoding, and depth to later comprehension.

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