Teacher Review For Wowzers

Wowzers provided specific skill practice in math.

Jen W.
Classroom teacher
Avonworth Elementary School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
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 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Wowzers as a tool when tutoring. It was a helpful and somewhat fun way to have students practice a skill I had introduced. Students enjoyed earning coins and some of the instructional videos were animated and kept students engaged. However, a few of the videos and activities were not as engaging.Each days activity is made up of a tryout, lesson, practice, aim and quiz. Some of the audio sounds bothered the kids after awhile, so they just turned down the sound. I would recommend using this a practice or remediation tool for small groups that you monitored. I found I had to back up some of the lessons with more instruction, even after the animated instructional videos for some of the students to be successful.
My Take
Wowzers could be a choice for a teaching tool for some students. Individual feedback is given when a student makes a mistake and clues are given to help ensure success. Students who are on track and performing well, get to skip some of the unnecessary lessons. The difficulty level slowly increases for slow learners and a short video may even appear followed by another chance to answer the question. Wowzers gives a teacher as well as the student feedback and if needed slows the pace of instruction and adds additional lessons. This worked well with tutoring one on one and small groups of at-risk students.