Teacher Review For Smartyants.com

Cute animations and friendly feedback ease in struggling readers

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 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It

As all students are at different levels, this website would work as an activity for the computer lab as well. This could also be used as a homework activity since access is available anywhere with Internet.

My Take

The website uses cute animation to draw students into the world of Smarty Ants. Students create their own ant avatar and choose ant friends and a pet dog to help and guide them through the Smarty Ants world. After taking an initial assessment, students are directed to their house and shown how to access various parts of the site. For struggling readers and ELL students, this site is friendly and encouraging. Teachers could use the information to guide reading lessons and differentiate within the classroom. The colorful and cute avatars make learning to read more of a game and would encourage learners to participate in what would otherwise be rote drills or worksheets.