Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
P.S. Is 54
Bronx, NY
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This product can be used for literacy centers, 1 to 1 ipad classrooms and small groups. There are several different categories for students to explore. Children can read along with e-books, play pre-K fundamental games that teach color, shapes, fruits, and memory games, do math, measurement or watch videos. Students are able to earn badges, or online certificates attached to their dock, as they successfully complete different bubbles in the various targeted areas. Children were highly engaged and enjoyed using TopIQ. The narrated kid voice gave heightened excitement as children engrossed in mastering their levels. While somewhat user friendly, it it suggested that a lesson be taught showing students how to use and manipulate this product as not all learners were able to find topics without guidance.
My Take
This product is a great way to promote early literacy skills as the teacher leads guided reading groups. TopIQ has two different levels for students. Children have the choice of working at the pre-K or kindergarten level. The math programs have balance, symmetry, numbers, counting, object based division, tracing number, recognizing quantity and much more. The literacy sections have writing, reading, games, songs, poems and fun activities to entice early readers into learning letters, words and directionality. Children unwittingly begin to discover initial sounds as they are exposed to academic language and as they inadvertently learn reading strategies. The only drawback with this product is in order to obtain full features, an educator must subscribe to either a fixed or lifetime access plan. The free version has limited capability. This product is a great find for early education.