Website review by Elvina Tong, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2022

EdClub

Gamified learning platform for typing, vocabulary, and spelling

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Grades
Pre-K–12
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Communication & Collaboration

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Pros: Course lessons are beautifully illustrated and engaging, and teachers can create and customize lessons.

Cons: There's little room for differentiation since courses are assigned to a class as a whole.

Bottom Line: Vocabulary, spelling, and typing platform goes beyond typical rote memorization and practice.

EdClub is a teaching and learning platform that includes a Vocabulary & Spelling product alongside the existing TypingClub. It has a School Edition and an Individual Edition. The School Edition can be used by teachers, schools, or districts. Teachers can use it with content curated by EdClub or create their own, and can track students' progress. The Individual Edition has a student dashboard and customization options. Note that the free version contains ads and limited features. Try the Pro version using the free trial to test-drive all of the features.

Many teachers will recognize the TypingClub exercises and games, which are now under the EdClub umbrella. But now there's also a Vocabulary & Spelling component, and more subjects to come. Each sequence of Common Core-aligned lessons is divided by grade level. Students begin with a beautifully illustrated course video that delves into word parts, definitions, and word usage. After the video, students answer brief questions or are asked to type in words that were taught. Students play a variety of games and can earn stars, points, and badges. Accessibility options are available: Videos have closed-captioning, and teachers can personalize learning for each student by selecting font size or activating the voice narration. Plus there are multilingual options. Students can use EdClub as a web-based tool or via the student iPad app that's free with a teacher account.

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Engagement

Visually appealing illustrations in course videos as well as questions prompt user interaction, and a variety of games and activities keep things interesting.

Pedagogy

Vocabulary lessons are sequenced and focus on word parts, and teachers can customize and create their own lessons. Students earn stars, points, and badges, and teachers can track progress.

Support

Lessons are available in a variety of languages, and a drop-down of accessibility options allows teachers to adjust for student needs. There's a help center with resources and a FAQ.


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Elvina Tong Computer Science and Innovation Teacher

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FRANCESCA S. , Other
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Rutgers University New Brunswick
New Brunswick, United States
Good website to use for practicing typing and spelling skills
I think the resources provided in this website will help students practice and therefore master typing skills and vocabulary spelling. The website offers a variety of options to choose from, along with videos that explain how to place your hands on the keyboard. This resource utilized different games and levels that allow all types of students to be engaged. However, I did find the website a little difficult to navigate and therefore I wish it was a little more straightforward
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