Tool Evaluation #9

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Practice spelling with technology!

vocabularyspellingcity.com

Users: students grades K-12

Cost: $54.95 per classroom, free version has limited capabilities

Features:

  1. Ability to create multipleScreen Shot 2017-04-09 at 11.44.10 AM.png
    word lists
  2. Formulates sentences for each word entered into the word list
  3. Ability to set assignments for all students or specific students, games are available for assignments
  4. Track student scores
     and progress online
  5. Teacher can add students to their class by providing them with a username for an account

Strengths: 

  • Fun way for students to review spelling, phonics or anything necessary. Games are more engaging for them to practice!
  • Teacher can track student progress right on the sight (see below)Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 11.54.50 AM.png
  • Free activities provided for individuals who are interested in testing out the tool
  • Teacher can individualize assignments for each student

Limitations:

  • Costly to purchase premium version
  • Not many free games are available to try out
  • Word lists can only be 5 words each

Ability to maintain interest:

Games are fun and engaging for students and assigning them to students will make it more likely that they effectively review their spelling words. More than one game can be assigned, which provides students with choice!

Age appropriateness: 

Word lists are created by the teacher, therefore they can be created for any grade. The vast amount and types of activities available are suitable for any grade. Tenth grade SAT words can be entered and practiced using flashcards, while 

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First grade

 sight words can be practiced using a game.

 

 

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Tenth grade

 

 

 

In the classroom…

Teacher has trouble differentiating their instruction…

The teacher can assign students different assignments with the same word list. Some students may need to practice spelling while others need definition. Therefore, students get all the practice they need in their weaker areas.

Teacher has trouble tracking student progress…

Progress is posted directly on the site for the teacher to see, evaluate and grade. Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.13.38 PM.png This way, progress is condensed onto one page for easy access by the teacher. Teacher can also see if assignments are completed or not, friendly reminders can be sent out to students who have not completed an assignment.

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