How I Use It
eSpark was used daily during both my literacy and math stations. Students were engaged with the apps and enjoyed using technology to enhance their knowledge. I was able to differentiate instruction based on students individual learning needs. The only issue I encountered is that students were able to play all of the games loaded onto the desk top. If eSpark instructed them to go to an app that wasn't engaging or interactive, I found some students not playing apps that were applicable to their learning needs.
My students thoroughly enjoyed using eSpark daily during our literacy and math stations. eSpark is easy to access for young elementary students (login). I also like many aspects of the app including the simple use of the graphics (math and literacy images), a tutorial for using an iPad/eSpark, quizzes at the end of each quest to test student's knowledge/understanding and the ability to differentiate the learning goals for each of my students using the teacher dashboard.
If there was only a way to lock all the other apps except for the ones that eSpark is instructing to play would be beneficial to eliminate students playing other games because they simply look fun. Also, I'd suggest to enhance the quizzes to be read by a human voice instead of a robotic voice would help students with comprehension when completing a reading passage. Quiz graphics could improve by adding colorful and animated images so students are excited and engage about completing their quest.