BibleWorks 10 - Features for Teachers

Even though there is a lot within the program which is technical and oriented to those who are studying or researching the original languages, there is also a lot in the program for those who are teaching the Bible, whether the original languages or bible texts. When I was using BW regularly it was often in the context of first-year Greek, so I found a number of features which helped my teaching. Your mileage may vary, but these could prove to add a little sizzle to your classroom teaching.

Since the vocabulary module is keyed to popular first-year grammars, it became a very helpful tool for drilling vocabulary in the classroom. It allowed for targeted time on the particular vocabulary words on the docket for the day. My quibbles were concerning the font size, as it took more than a little effort to adjust so it worked well on a larger display for the classroom. But on the whole it provided a good tool for vocabulary work.

Within the vocabulary module is a feature which allows you to find example verses which contain the vocabulary words you specify. This is a great feature which enables the teacher to display Bible verses which are within the capability of the students. You can specify how many vocabulary words the verse contains as well as how many non-learned words the verse contains. This is especially useful as it allows you to choose verses that won’t overwhelm students with vocabulary they don’t yet know.

Example Finder

Example Finder

Perhaps a simple feature but one which allows good classroom focus is the ability to open a new Browse Window. As with a lot of programs the interface can get pretty busy and distracting for students. Opening a new Browse Window enables the teacher to focus simply and solely on the text under discussion. It is simple but effective.

Option to display new Browse Window

Option to display new Browse Window