Teacher Review For Starfall ABCs

Phonics Review

Rachael B.
Classroom teacher
Cox Landing Elementary School
Lesage, WV
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this app with two students that are well below grade level in letter and sound recognition. They were able to review needed sounds; however, the material was repetitive and uninteresting to the students. They became bored quickly with the app and requested the website instead.
My Take
I thought that this would be a great and mobile extension of the Starfall website; however, I was mistaken. Despite paying for the app, the content that is available on the website is much more engaging to students. With the website, I can also see what they are working on and specifiy different phonics and skills that are unavailable on the mobile app. I would much rather utilize the starfall website instead of purchasing the mobile app.