Teacher Review For PrimaryPad

Would be perfect for peer editing if kids could save their work

Valerie H.
Technology coordinator
Wemrock Brook Elementary School
Manalapan, NJ
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Practice
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It

As a teaching tool, PrimaryPad is only as good as the teacher's plan for using it. The site is simple and easy to use once you begin to use it. Students would have little trouble learning how to navigate the site. Using it in a small group setting for writing or peer editing would be ideal. In addition, teachers could prepare an online worksheet using PrimaryPad and students could access and complete the worksheets. If students need to type their work and are without a word processor, PrimaryPad can serve their needs. Overall, the website is useful to educators, but unless the issues with signing up for the trial are worked out, few educators will be able to realize its benefits.

My Take

Overall, PrimaryPad is in need of some work before it can be used in a classroom. While the beta version works fairly easily, it is not password-protected and pads cannot be saved. The idea of every student participating in the creation of a document is an excellent means of engaging students. However, signing up for a trial version was not possible. There was no drop-down to choose from and so I could not register completely. If it works properly, I can see the site as a perfect site for peer editing and small group work. Allowing several users to edit and create together online is engaging to today's students. I would recommend the site fix the bugs with registering as many schools and teachers would be reticent in using the unprotected site. Obviously, students would need to have the keyboarding skills required to type their work efficiently.