Teacher Review For Scoodle Jam

Creative Project App

Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Scoodle Jam has several sections, including graphic organizers, different types of paper, and projects. Since my students are already used to accessing graphic organizers and special paper backgrounds in other apps, we have used Scoodle Jam just for the projects. There are several 1 page projects, such as "design a setting for these characters" and "build an interesting item from the future". These are great for a quick 15 min block of time to have students create and share with each other. What I like best about this app, though are the 3 projects (community garden, food truck, and animal species). Each of these projects has 9 components with specific directions. The 9 components then fit together to comprise a complete project. It's a great way of breaking a project into small enough chunks not to overwhelm students. We build some background knowledge and then start working on each aspect of the project. I have students work individually or in pairs. Each part of a project is saved to the camera roll and then I have students combine the parts into Pages or MyStory to create a presentation, which they share with the class using Air Server.
My Take
The students absolutely love these projects, even students who don't consider themselves artistic or creative. The topics are fun and engaging. I can't wait for Scoodle Jam to develop more topics. I like the options for drawing, stickers, photos, and typing because it gives students plenty of flexibility. A suggestion would be to develop further topics that tie into NGSS. Even though the app is rated grade 3-8 my 2nd graders had no trouble being successful with it.