Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014


Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Hundreds of quizzes are aligned to math and ELA Common Core State Standards.
  • Each quiz section offers several short quizzes on a range of subjects. The first quiz of each section is free; additional quizzes can be purchased.
  • Scoring above 70% on a set of quizzes earns a "tower badge."
  • Progress displays at the top of the screen: green for correct answers, red for incorrect answers.
  • Kids click "Get Praise" to send results to teachers and parents and request real-life rewards.
Quizzes are available on a dizzying array of subjects; tracking student progress is easy.
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.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2

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? 3

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? 3

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.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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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What's It Like?

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.

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Is It Good For Learning?

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. 

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