Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Spelling-test practice as easy as ABC.

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Educational Value

Word search and scramble are fun games but may not improve spelling skills. However, the test practice is top-notch, giving parents the ability to enter custom spelling lists so kids can practice over and over and see how they're doing.

Ease of Play

Creating tests is quite simple. The arrows when taking tests can be confusing, but a confirmation message keeps kids from exiting before they're finished.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests was created by parents looking for a way to make preparing for spelling tests easier and more fun. No personal information is requested. All data is stored locally on the device, so parents (or kids) can create custom spelling lists and see how kids did on their spelling practice tests. Tests can be shared with other users by email. The privacy policy offers suggestions about what parents should look for in privacy policies.

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What's it about?

With SUPER SPELLER: CREATE YOUR OWN SPELLING TESTS, parents or kids can add spelling lists by recording audio of the words and typing them in. Lists are organized by title. Kids then can play with the words two ways: word scramble and word search. They can then take a practice test, timed or not. When kids complete an activity, they are rewarded with balloons they can play with and pop on-screen. Parents can view test scores and see which words were missed in the "manage tests" section.

Is it any good?

Parents know the weekly pain of spelling test practice, and now technology takes a little of the time and angst from the process. Adding a custom spelling list is simple, and the games and tests are fun. The interface of Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests is confusing, though, especially for taking the test. Kids hear each word and spell it, but the list repeats until kids submit it to be graded. Whether word scrambles and searches help kids learn spelling words is debatable, although many kids love those activities. But the assessment itself is great review for a spelling test. And kids can practice on their own, letting parents review progress later. Overall, it's a fairly straightforward way to have kids prepare for their weekly spelling tests.

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  • Families can talk about multiple approaches to learning and practicing spelling words as they explore Super Speller: Create Your Own Spelling Tests. Word searches and scrambles are fun for wordplay, and kids also can practice writing their spelling words multiple ways (printed, in cursive, in different colors, and so on).

  • Parents can record spelling words in Super Speller and have kids both type the words into the app and write them to maximize practice.

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