Teacher Review For Word Joust for 6-8

Joust for the right to build one's vocabulary!

Stephanie T.
Classroom teacher
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, MI
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
How I Use It
I would use this product for individual students, particularly those who struggle with vocabulary or are non-native English speakers. The app allows students to work at their own pace learning new words and then allows them to play fun, medieval-themed games to make sure they have retained the word and its meaning/usage. Kids will definitely like the various games that are offered, which will hold their attention longer than some other vocabulary apps I have seen. I do believe that a teacher would benefit from seeing the words added to student writing, so they know that students have mastered the vocabulary, but this would have to be done separately from the app itself. I had students show me their stats so I could view which levels they were on, and which words they had mastered, but this took a good amount of individualized time away from class time.
My Take
I really enjoyed this teaching tool, but it is limited in its vocabulary words and may be best for ELL or ESL students. I really enjoyed how the app gave students the ability to login with their google username and play against friends. I also liked how the app gave "quests" to learn new words, then allowed students "training" time to practice previous words and then gave "stats" on their progress and leader boards. The one major downside is that teachers can't see students progress, so unless your students took screenshots and sent them to you as a teacher, you would never know how they are progressing with this app. Perhaps in time Google will be able to link to Google Drive and you can use this in coordination with Google for Education apps?