Teacher Review For My Spelling Test

Create and take personalized spelling tests

Mieke V.
Researcher
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Teachers could use this app as a fun way to jazz up a traditional spelling test. Teachers could set up the test themselves, or to up the engagement level, they could have students can take turns recording words. Because you make your own lists, My Spelling Test lends itself easily to a variety of situations and types of student. Advanced learners could use it to work with more advanced words while beginners and language-delayed students can work with more basic words. ELL or special needs students can benefit from the playback feature by listening to their own voice, or having their teacher record words to listen repeatedly to how they are pronounced and work on how they are spelled. The instant feedback allows students to know immediately how they are doing, and how they can correct their mistakes. Teachers can also use the app to actually administer spelling tests. For instance, if teachers set up a list, students can use the app on their own to take the test. The app itself takes care of the scoring.
My Take
My Spelling Test is a simple, straightforward app that allows users to create and then take their own spelling tests. Users create tests by typing in words and then recording their own voice pronouncing the words. To take the test, the app plays the recordings back one-by-one in a randomized order and the student must type each word after it is read. To hear the word again, simply click on a “say word again” button. The app gives instant feedback, telling the test-taker if the word was spelled correctly and gives the correct spelling if needed. (NB: “Correct” spelling means that the word matches the word entered when the test was set up, so it is important to not make mistakes when creating the test!) At the end of each test, the student gets a score reflecting how many words were spelled correctly. The app also keeps a score history and data on which individual words were spelled correctly and which were incorrect for each time the test is taken. The free version allows users to make and take one test, a paid version allows an un limited number of tests. The simplicity of the app is nice; it is extremely easy to use, and since users make their own spelling lists, it is infinitely versatile. If students help set the tests up, they will likely have a lot of fun recording their own voice and then listening to the playback. Beyond that, the engagement possibilities of this app is relatively low as it lacks any kind of bells and whistles. My Spelling Test is simply an electronic way to take a spelling test, which in and of itself, has potential for making studying spelling words more exciting. And, of course, to spell the words, students must use the keyboard, which is a good way to get them to practice typing and finding letters on the keyboard.