Teacher Review for Rewordify

Great for younger students, more difficult to execute with high school students

Shannon W.
Postsecondary student
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Some passages in literature can be hard for students to understand because of the ornate language and esoteric diction. Particularly for out of class reading, students can use rewordify.com to plug in sentences/paragraphs with which they are having difficulty in order to enhance reading comprehension. It can even be used for more than English readings - it can be used for confusing science textbooks, difficult historical primary sources, for ELL students, etc. The benefit of doing such is clear; students become active readers rather than passive page skimmers. The algorithm allows for a generally comprehensive reading thesaurus. The web design, however, is awkward and outdated, and as the website info indicates, students may become too dependent on it.
My Take
For middle school students, who are still reading primarily novels within the English curriculum, Rewordify is truly a benefit. Its algorithm underscores difficult vocabulary words and surely aids reading comprehension. However, from my use, the algorithm concerning high school level reading material truly leaves something to be desired. Words are replaced with definitions that make reading awkward and sometimes even more difficult than the original text. The technology, then, becomes something distracting rather than beneficial to learning. Moreover, it would be better if the website had some sort of scanning feature for documents and readings. For particularly dense texts, I cannot imagine requiring my students to type in the entire text when they are struggling to ascertain its meaning. As mentioned in the "How I Use It" section, the website could also be improved dramatically so that students can navigate it easily. It is a great starting point to a problem that needs to be addressed in the classroom, yet it surely has its flaws.