Teacher Review for Cast Your Vote

This is a great app to teach students how to become an informed voter and the process of how to vote.

Amy M.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
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My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I am not currently teaching, however last year I was teaching 6th grade. In the core curriculum for 6th grade some of the standards for Social Studies focuses on debating, court systems and voting. I would definitely use this app in the beginning of this unit/on a presidential voting year, to teach my students what questions they need to ask, what to look out for, what topics they feel strongly about and how to vote while being an informed voter.
My Take
I found this app to be extremely useful in teaching students how to become informed voters and really liked how it presented a wide range of topics for students to choose what is important for THEM. I appreciated that the app was created for a wide range of learners and their learning styles. There were visual aids, a narrator speaking directions, and highlighted words that when clicked on would give the definition of that word. I also appreciated that it presented debates that would engage the students higher order thinking skills; however when looking at the SAMR model I don't believe this app hits the higher levels (e.g. modification and redefinition). It is a great tool to learn about voting but it does give them the opportunity to create anything based on what they learned. In my opinion this app presents the process of voting in a much better way than I could. One thing that I found difficult with this app was maneuvering around the app. I had to play around with it and make a few guesses of what to do next. It would have been more user friendly if the narrator gave specific instructions to move on or if there were written out directions that popped up when the next step was ready to be taken. Although this app was a great teaching tool, I wish it would have given the students the opportunity to create a debate or a presentation at the end to get them involved and engage in higher level thinking.