Teacher Review For Quill

Technology Meets Grammar Application

Cathie G.
Classroom teacher
Dorseyville Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Quill is a web-based tool that provides interactive writing and grammar activities. Students using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by correcting sentences and proofreading passages. I would highly suggest Quill as an independent practice and skill check. Quill accounts are simple for students to complete, and students can join your class with the code generated by Quill. Teachers will assign specific passages to the class, groups, or individual students. The lessons are Common Core aligned but are not designate by a specific grade level. These stages provide a way for a student to learn grammar concepts they may have missed in previous school year. Teachers can view the lesson before they assign it. The lessons are picky. A student is expected to complete the sentences with a 100% accuracy. For example, if a student is completing a lesson a pronouns and forgets to type the punctuation the sentence is marked incorrect. This can be a bit frustrating at times but is does reinforce excellent grammar habitats.
My Take
Quill is a simple and easy grammar tool to monitor and accumulate data on students. It allows me to differentiate grammar quickly and helps to fill the gaps with potentially missed grammar concepts in previous school years. I have used Quill as a flipped lesson where students completed the Quill assignment at home, and the data drove their differentiated classwork the following day. Quill can be a great asset to an ELA classroom. It helps maintain student accountability and allows the teacher instant feedback to help students struggling with a particular grammar concept. Quill is expanding their grammar lessons and eventually moving into more writing lessons.