A. Instruction - 6.5
B. Design - 8
C. Engagement - 7.7
English Reading Test: An App for ELA and ELLs
Summary : A Useful Resource for Reading and Language
English Reading Test provides users with multiple assessments and resources for reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. After loading the app, users can choose one of multiple options from the app’s home screen. The “Quizzes” option lets users first select how many questions they wish to answer during the quiz (10, 15, 20, or 25 questions). Next, users must tap the “Start” button to begin the quiz. To complete the quiz, users must tap the “Show” button to access the passage. After reading it, users are then to tap the correct answer, and the app immediately signals if the answer was or was not correct. To advance questions, users must swipe sideways. If users wish to look up a word, they can tap the “Web” tab in the quiz, and the app will load Google’s homepage. Once the final question is answered, users can tap the finish score to see their overall grade and review all the quiz questions. The “Flashcards” option lets users first select the level and theme of the flashcards. Next, users must select the type of activity they wish to complete using the flashcards, and their options include: Study, Matching, True/False, Multiple Choice, Written, and Multiplayer. Depending on the activity, users are presented the flashcards and must respond. After responding, the app indicates whether or not users answered correctly. The “Grammar Lessons” option includes 191 grammatical topics. Users are to select a topic by tapping it from the left menu. The app then loads information, examples, and/or rules about the topic on the right side of the screen. The “Memos” option allows users to take in-app notes, and both the “Profile” and “Statistics” options keep track of users’ information and progress when using the app.
Please Note: There are additional options included in this app that allow users to share, customize, and view achievements made with this app.
- Teachers can have students complete a quiz daily using this app. As students complete the quizzes, the app will track and record their progress. To hold students accountable, teachers can view students’ progress by having them open the “Statistics” option, which will show students’ quizzes and the scores they earned on them.
- Once students understand its format and this app’s quizzes, teachers can let students pick short articles and create quizzes for them that model the ones used by this app. Students can use an Office app for creating and sharing these quizzes.
- Teachers can assign students a topic from the “Grammar Lessons” option and require students to create a mini-lesson about the topic they can teach to their classmates. Students can use a Presentation app to create their lesson about the topic and an Office app to create a quiz about the topic. To present, the teacher can break the class into small groups and each group can have a student who presents a topic. After students present, the group can take the quiz the together, and the student who presented can tell them if their answer was or was not correct and why. After the groups complete the lesson and quiz, they can rotate to the next student and repeat the process.
- Teachers can have students use the “Flashcards” option to learn new words. After students complete an activity, they can write down all the words they used during the activity in an Office app, so they have a log of vocabulary words they can reference. Teachers can also check student progress by viewing the “Statistics” option in the app.
- As students work through the content of this app, they can use the “Memo” option to record words that were challenging and/or that they mastered. That way, as they progress through the app’s content, they will have a record of their learning.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|