There are some changes coming to the vocabulary.com free service. If you are like me, you've been using their free service because your school wants to spend money...elsewhere. The free service is FANTASTIC and the only drawback is that you cannot see student performance, but that is easily rectified by having students show you their screen or screenshot.
I noticed a little while ago, I had been given a free trial for premium service. I did not think much about it until a teacher friend of mine said he was blocked out of his classes and that he had heard vocabulary.com was ditching their free service. I could still access mine, so I contacted the company. They responded very quickly on a late Friday afternoon. That impressed me. Representative Srob O gave me this reply:Hello Mark,
Thank you for your message. Your friend is right, due to our parent company's vision for us, we've made some changes to the way basic accounts on Vocabulary.com can use the program. The ability to create classes, assign work, and track data for your top three students will no longer be available with a basic account. You'll still be able to play The Challenge, create lists, host Jams and log-in to your account as a user.
One thing I do want to point out is that these changes will not affect the program for your students. They can still log in, find lists connected to your class, and do work on their own. Additionally, you will still be able to create lists and share the URLs with your students externally to have them work independently. To get the URL for Practice, just click on a list then click the "Start Practice" button. The URL will always be the list ID /practice. For example, https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/6116552/practice.
My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any additional questions, let us know. We're happy to brainstorm more ways to make use of new more limited free version. I'm confident we can find a way to create continuity in your students word learning. Let me know a time and best number to reach you at and I'd be more than happy to call you to discuss these matters.
So what does this all mean? Well, I plan on continuing my use of their free service even though I cannot assign a list to a class. If I can just assign a link, that should work, but I won't know for certain until my premium service runs out.
Let me know if you are using it the new way, any problems you might have or solutions to them, and if you know of other comparable services in the comment section.