How I Use It
This product makes differentiation of spelling very easy each week. Teachers can create a free account using the Spelling City App or website. Accounts for both teachers and students are easy to setup, and using the program on-line and the App are very user friendly. As I used Spelling City throughout the school year, I saw many benefits for teachers, parents, and students.
I experienced several benefits of using this program from a teacher's perspective. Spelling city gives the teacher the ability to quickly differentiate spelling lists, track student progress, and save instructional time. You no longer must give a whole group-spelling test. Using headphones, students can independently take their weekly spelling assessment, and the digital tests are automatically scored and reported to the teacher’s account.
Students are also provided benefits from using Spelling City. By allowing students to access their accounts on-line at home, they can work independently, and at their own pace each week. Student’s moral is also boosted because their spelling lists are assigned based on their assessed reading ability level. Students see success because the lists are tailored to be just right for them. Another benefit is the format and delivery of practicing weekly lists. Students can independently practice their words for the week by playing the interactive engaging games. This app also helps students become self-motivated. It gives students a digital reward badge to go on the student's digital badge display wall. Students want to earn as many badges as they can to fill up their wall. They know in order to earn badges; they must do all of the practice activities and pass their test.
Another benefit is the teacher/parent relationship fostered by the ability for parents to become involved in their child's success at home by allowing them to access their child's weekly spelling list at any time, encouraging parents to assist their child at home. It enables the parent stay informed by checking their child's stats online.
This app is very useful for individualized student instruction and would be effective in a balanced literacy, flipped classroom setting. I would not recommend this app for whole group instruction. The free app is very limited for the teacher, but a subscription can be purchased for little cost. The purchased subscription is definitely worth it because it opens up all kinds of new options and uses. I love the fact it is both web-based as well as an App. By being web-based, it can be used on different brands of devices and is compatible over various platforms.. This makes it extra accessible to teachers, parents, and students