Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated July 2014
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JogNog

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Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Science

Skills
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2–12
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Pros: Quizzes are available on a dizzying array of subjects; tracking student progress is easy.

Cons: Full access can be costly, and quizzes focus strongly on speed and external praise.

Bottom Line: Extensive library of quizzes makes this a valuable resource for teachers -- but comes at a price.

Teachers can use JogNog as a go-to assessment tool for CCSS, MCAS, and SAT review, although that could become personally expensive. Teachers might encourage kids to use the free sections of each quiz to extend and solidify their understanding of in-class concepts. Teachers can explore the JogNog YouTube channel for further ideas on integrating JogNog into the curriculum.

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JogNog is an extensive library of multiple-choice quizzes. Kids complete quizzes to earn Tower Badges and credits toward unlocking other quizzes and upgrading their badges from black to gray to colored. Each quiz offers multiple levels: For a quiz on a poem, for example, levels might be Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Interpretation. Scoring above 70% on one level unlocks the next level. Upon completing a quiz and earning a Tower, kids can select “Praise Me!” to send their results to a parent or teacher and ask for a reward, such as bonus points at school or fewer chores at home.

Quizzes are available for all math and ELA standards for the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Social Science and for a wide range of high school subjects, including classroom subjects, SAT vocabulary, and driver’s license tests. 

Teachers and students can access the first section of each quiz for free; additional quizzes come at a cost either to the teacher (who can purchase them to share with an unlimited number of students) or to the students themselves. Students can purchase additional credits at $0.99 for 10 credits, $4.99 for 60, $9.99 for 130, $19.99 for 270, and $99.99 for 1450 credits; it costs three credits to complete each of the quizzes beyond the intro-level quiz in each subject. While it's possible to get great value from this app for free, purchasing further credits is the best way to fully access its rich resources.

JogNog features a spectacular amount of content. In addition to taking quizzes aligned to state and national academic standards, kids can access review quizzes for driver's license tests and SAT vocabulary. One thing to consider is that the quizzes focus heavily on speed and rewards. A timer runs while users complete quizzes, and pop-up messages urge users to perform better and faster on the next try. It's also a little frustrating that answers linger; there's little time to see which choice was correct. 

In the right context, this could work well as a way for teachers to help students cement their understanding of a wide range of content. Context is key, however; these quizzes are a good supplement to instruction and engagement from a skilled teacher, not a replacement for such expertise. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Well-designed progress tracking, rewards, and sharing features make it easy to engage kids, but the focus on external, superficial rewards might be off-putting to some users.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Some quizzes have deeper questions than others, and correct answers disappear before users realize what they've chosen. It's not clear that this drill-and-kill approach will work well for all learners.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Thoughtful in-app FAQs and an extensive YouTube channel offer seemingly unlimited tips for making the most of the resources -- but these tools are aimed more toward teachers than students.


Common Sense Reviewer
Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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Lisa M. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Tamanend Middle School
Warrington, PA
JogNog provides practical, engaging and self-motivating student review activities.
This website is perfect for students who are far ahead in class and want to be challenged. At the same time, it is also great for providing specific review for students who are not able to keep pace with the class. With a paid subscription, a teacher can create quizzes for all students in the class and customize JogNog quizzes for advanced, remedial or ESL students. This is great for differentiating instruction by ability. JogNog really focuses on basic content knowledge rather than application, so it is really suited for review or for pre-assessing students. The majority of useful classroom features are only available with a paid subscription. I definitely feel that JogNog is engaging for students and that they are motivated to collect their coins and build their towers. Many students thrive with this type of competition. The fast pace of the quizzes may be too much for some students, but many will enjoy the quick, competitive aspect Overall, a great resource for keeping students engaged, on-task and self-motivated!
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