Teacher Review For Word Joust for K-5

Little engagment -- just memorize a few vocabulary words

Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
Alexander Valley School
Healdsburg, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 1
Pedagogy 1
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
How I Use It
This app really just has you read the words and definitions. It doesn't have audio to read it to you. So, while the words can be very easy, if you have kids who struggle with reading this app is not for them. I teach 2nd grade so this is a problem for some students in my class. Therefore I used it with more of my advanced students and they did well, but didn't enjoy it. I don't think they retained the new words they learned.
My Take
I stopped using the app after trying it out for two weeks. The app has a great name and I was hoping it would be more interactive. However the app just gives the child 5 vocabulary words with definitions. After that they give a definition and they have to click on the word it goes with as it goes across the screen. So basically the student needs to memorize the word for about 1 min before they have to use it. I think boring old flash cards would be better!