Teacher Review for iStation

Istation kills my student's love of reading

My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
How I Use It
I am required to use this product in my school- dictated by the district. I would not use this product if I had a choice-but of course I do not have any say in what I teach.
My Take
Very unhappy with this product and my student's hate it. They beg to not go on the program and often sit staring at the screen with eyes glazed. We are told from the district to use this program- every student MUST use it for no less than 1 hour a day- sometimes more. Student's are tired of staring at a screen, the material gets boring. Heads down on keyboards..."how much longer do I have to do this?" they ask. So sad. Breaks my teaching heart to say, I'm sorry but you have to do this. No writing component-which is actually what my students really need. Sure all kinds of charts and graphs, yay more data. Students are reduced to nothing more than a score on paper. :(