Teacher Review for Smithsonian: TweenTribune

A little complicated getting set up

Darci L.
Technology coordinator
Holy Family Schools
Lindsay, NE
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Practice
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I created student accounts in order to have students log in. Without logging in, they don't have access to quizzes or commenting. Even if they are able to comment, I still have to log in and approve their comments before they appear. That is both good and bad. The positive side is that you can check for spelling and appropriateness. The bad side is that kids get frustrated when their comment doesn't show up ,and they often re-type it over and over hoping it will show.
My Take
The kids really liked the score keeping - gamification with reading quizzes. I used it as a sub plan activity once a class was really practiced in how to use it. I could check the activity and scores even if I wasn't in the room when it was being used.