Teacher Review for Elementari

Easy to Access Tech That Gives Students a Sense of Ownership

Ms E.
Classroom teacher
Marion Intermediate School
Marion, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Elementari with students to help introduce them to coding while preparing to publish an interactive book. Elementari is the program I used with my grades three through five after school students to help them develop their writing skills.
My Take
Elementari is a good way to introduce simple coding of interactions to students while not making them feel overwhelmed. Because of the tools that they offer, the kids can grow in how they decide to code the interactions. I presented this at a conference and some of the attendees liked the fact that the younger and less experienced set could find success in using this. The partipants that were more weary in using tech based products felt like they could use this too. Since using Elementari, there have been a lot of upgrades to the product as well has even more support tools and videos. This is something that I usually let people know about Elementari: "This can be used across the board. I’ve had students tell me they can put their notes from class here and design pages for them. I’ve seen where this is used for ESOL students and can see this being used with SEL. Students can record their original pieces to be used in their stories. Elementari also gives visual artists a chance to share their work and be credited when it is used in a story. The coding component teaches sequencing and allows the students to create, think critically, and problem solve. This has notes of design process thinking also."