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Shauna, @MrsSJClark
6th grade Earth Science teacher, Paulding County School District, Georgia
Special education students, High ELL population, and Low income population

Engagement, better and improved unit exam scores, overall improved learning in the classroom with technology

Product Use: I used this product originally as a review before a unit exam but eventually started using it as information for an introduction to a new unit.

What Worked and What Didn't: Everything worked, but if the internet was down, it caused things to freeze or not completely load on the page. If the internet was up and running, there were a few times where some students' pages would not load after the intro page was displayed.

Age Group: Middle school students

Jan 12, 2018 Provide Feedback
Anonymous
Middle School Technology Education Teacher Grds. 6-8, Maryland
1:1 devices, Project-based classroom, High ELL population, and Low income population

I was looking for a fun way for my students to review concepts and terms.

Product Use: I choose the activities and amount of time I want my students using the activities. Then I add them to a playlist. Once the students are in my room I launch the playlist and they begin. I can monitor there progress.

What Worked and What Didn't: LoL is an easy site to use. My only issue is that when the playlist timeframe ends, it just ends, no warning. I would like it to give the students a 2 minutes warning.

Age Group: Middle school students

Jan 10, 2018 Provide Feedback
Susan, @smforget614
7th grade Science teacher, Sabin Middle School, Colorado
1:1 devices, Project-based classroom, Blended learning classroom, Special education students, High ELL population, and Low income population

The students struggle with engaging in content reading. Additionally, a significant number of the students are 2-3 levels below grade. I needed to find a resource that addressed state standards with activities that built foundational content understanding in a format different from a text book or video.

Product Use: I've just begun using the tool with the past unit. It was used to introduce the students to content vocabulary and key concepts. With formative assessment build into the games, I'm able to track student progress and overall growth.
This unit I will explore using the tool to reinforce the concepts and prep for the summative assessment.

What Worked and What Didn't: The students LOVE the games. There was no hesitation engaging with the activities or the assessments.
The only challenge thus far is that the students are accessing the games on their iPads. Even with all other apps closed and only the game tab opened in Safari, the games will occasionally glitch and crash. The students can restart the game but all of the data is lost causing some frustration.

Age Group: Middle school students

Jan 8, 2018 Provide Feedback
Caitlin, @caitlinunterman
8th Grade Earth sci Teacher, Forest Middle School, Virginia
Bring your own devices (BYOD), Project-based classroom, Blended learning classroom, and Special education students

Leveled instruction

Product Use: I used LOL to level instruction in my classroom so that advanced learners could move forward while slower learners could re-mediate content

What Worked and What Didn't: This program works well to implement leveled learning into a variety of classroom settings without 'picking out' certain groups of students

Age Group: Middle school students

Dec 29, 2017 Provide Feedback
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