Teacher Review for eSpark

Effective learning tools, although some are somewhat dry

Steven C.
Classroom teacher
Cathedral Academy
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I did not use Espark, but my colleague did because she was in charge of Espark. I was able to preview and test the apps to see whether they fit with our curriculum. My colleague used Espark for students to practice reading and math concepts, such as order of operations and vocabulary building. She used Espark for the full duration (35 mins) of her class.
My Take
Espark is an excellent teaching tool. First, the students love having their own tablet and a small place they can go to work. Second, the Espark apps effectively engage students and keep them having fun while they're practicing concepts.Lastly, Espark records student progress on the app itself so teachers can quickly view student progress at any time.