Common Sense Review
Updated September 2014


Templates, collaboration options elevate solid graphic-organizer tool
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Digital graphic organizer helps kids organize their thoughts.
  • Kids record what they know (K), want to know (W), expect to learn (L), as well as evidence (E) and challenges (C) they encounter.
  • Up to four users can work on the same chart.
  • Kids can share completed charts as PDFs.
Chart options offer a useful approach to evidence-gathering; collaborative features are straightforward and reliable.
Limited help text and a bare-bones interface might leave some users wanting more.
Bottom Line
Although the interface isn't flashy, this is a solid tool that can provide real value in a classroom.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

No-frills interface may confuse some users; teacher needs to create context and appeal.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Several built-in templates offer solid options for users to organize their thoughts and think critically about their learning.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Despite limited in-app help, this is an effective tool for helping students organize their thoughts and set learning objectives.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Introduce students to how they can use KWL charts for assignments in an ELA, social studies, history, or science classroom. Break kids into small reading groups, assign different passages from a text, and have kids make KWL charts for the text. Have kids create KWL charts about a content-area textbook chapter or passage for homework and ask them to submit their charts via email or cloud-based storage.

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What's It Like?

WeKWL is a collaborative tool for creating digital KWL charts -- graphic organizers that help kids capture what they know (K), what they want to know (W), and what the expect to learn (L) from class content. Users can choose the basic chart or modified charts that include columns for evidence (E) and corresponding challenges (C). Once users create a new file, they can add entries, one by one, to any column.

After creating a KWL chart, users can export it as a PDF, and share it as a PDF via email, message, or another app on their device. If users turn on the collaborative features, an unlimited number of students can log into the same chart to make edits and add content in real time. WeKWL is one of a suite of collaborative apps that includes WeMAP, WeSketch, WeWrite, and more.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Graphic organizers give kids helpful templates for organizing their thoughts and ideas, and this app's built-in templates and no-nonsense interface lets kids get straight to the point. Collaboration is easy, too: It's super-simple for kids to create a new collaboration session and to work from multiple devices. The ability to automatically share charts as PDFs is useful as well, making this an effective tool whether kids are working from another app or submitting a completed assignment.

The app doesn't offer much guidance on what a KWL chart is or how to use one, so kids and teachers should have a good sense of the charts' purpose and potential before using it. The interface requires a lot of trial and error (or some time with the manual) to determine what features are available. Framed well, however, this could be a useful classroom tool.

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