Teacher Review For eSpark

Best tool to differentiate instruction and engage learners

Laura C.
Special Education Instructor
John Dibert Community School
New Orleans, LA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This product was used in my classroom with kids with significant needs. Some of my students required para support because of lack of fine motor skills and ability to follow directions. For those learners the videos, books, and songs engaged them most but they had difficulty applying and practicing the skills on their own.
My Take
The fact that everything is read aloud and there are visuals so students know what app to go to makes it accessible to the majority of learners. There are light bulbs that turn on once students complete an app or video so they know which tasks to do next. It would be even more accessible to learners if teachers were able to choose the types of apps based on students ability levels (I know this doesn't apply to most settings but it would help create independence for even our lowest learners). Teachers already have the option to make the quizzes required or not in order to advance in lessons. The quizzes are often a problem for my students but I would like to be able to set the number of times that I want them to complete a task because repetition is key to their learning. It would also be great f they could favorite a video so they can go back and access it even after completing the unit it was in. Overall I am very pleased with this product and will continue to use it to differentiate my instruction and engage all learners.