Teacher Review for Bluster!

Sharpen vocabulary skills with Bluster!

Jennifer H.
ITRT - Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
This is a nice app to help students practice their vocabulary skills. Students like being able to play on their own, as a team or against a classmate. They like racing against the timer (the sun moving across the screen) in order to match words based on the category that they chose. Students enjoy moving through each round and like being able to go back and change their level and word match type.
My Take
Bluster provides a simple and effective way to help students practice their vocabulary skills. There are a variety of player choices (single, team, versus a partner), levels (3) and word matching types (rhyming, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, word roots, homophones, and adjectives). This makes it easy to differentiate with learners. Students like being able to control how they play the app. There is positive feedback when the word match is done correctly. However, there is no feedback if the match is incorrect. The timer keeps going and the level isn't be completed. This app is a good resource for vocabulary review that can be used in the classroom or at home.