Teacher Review For Quill

Online Grammar workbook could be better

Ruth O.
Technology coordinator
Victory Elementary School
Portsmouth, VA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Practice
Whole class
How I Use It
The activities are best suited for guided practice or independent practice. I’ve used it both ways: As a whole class we’ve passed around the wireless keyboard so that students can take turns typing in the answers as my sample student. I assigned a proofreader – one of the stronger students – to check for typos before the student answering the question submitted their answer. That way we didn't get stuck trying to figure out why an answer was wrong. I’ve also assigned the activities for students to practice during guided reading. They were more careful about looking for typos after we’d used it as a whole class with a proofreader.
My Take
The sentences and paragraphs used in the lessons accurately demonstrate the skills in the lesson. The class is easy to set up and a teacher could have this activity up and running in a matter of minutes. This online workbook could be better if the application made allowances for typos, since students are required to type the entire sentence that needs correction. Students who don’t spell or type well make typos and can then be penalized for something that has nothing to do with the actual grammar objective they are practicing. In addition, the teacher scoreboard doesn’t tell what a particular student had difficulty with. Students are given a red, yellow or green flag.