Friday, November 28, 2014

Tech Talk Blog Hop - Spelling City Website and App for Differentiating Word Work

Today I'm joining up with my friend Tasia from Great Minds Teach Alike for the Tech Talk Blog Hop!

I now have 7 iPads and 10 Chromebooks in my classroom, and my students are so excited to get their hand on these devices.
I have lots to share with you in future blog posts, but today I'm going to tell you about a site that provides an easy way to differentiate word work for your students.

Some of you may be familiar with the website called Spelling City.
Did you also know that there is a related app under the same name?

This site has a free version and a paid version.
I have only used the free version.
You set up an account under your name and school.

Recently I set up two word work lists for two different groups in my class by accessing the site on my desktop computer.
You can see in the image below, and I labeled them with the date of the list, and the letters S and P.
One group primarily works with me on their word study, and another group works with a parapro so I labeled the lists with the beginning letters of our last names (S and P).

 It took me about 10 minutes to set up the two lists.

At small group station RTi time students used the iPads to click on the free app I had downloaded to the iPads.
I had to log into our school's network on the iPads so the students could access the Spelling City site.
I did not have to log into the Spelling City site each day - our lists popped up each day after using it the first day.

In the free version of this site students are provided many options for reviewing the word work lists.
There is an option for word and sentence unscramble.

There is an option for alphabetizing the words.
The students click on the word and move it into the right spot.

There is a game for choosing the missing letter.

The students can also do a spelling test on the words.
A voice states the word aloud and students spell it!

The students can even access this site at home by doing a search for their state and teacher's name.
My students were excited to look for the app and site on their iPods and tablets at  home.

Check out all the great tech ideas on Tasia's site - Great Minds Think Alike.
And stop back here for more tech tips!


  1. Ooh! I love Spelling City. My school just purchased the individual licenses for all the students in my class, and I can't wait to see what I can do with it now! My students love to print out the certificates when they pass the spelling test.

    The Craft of Teaching

  2. Great post thanks for linking up! I am familiar with Spelling City but haven't personalized it yet. Thanks I'll be doing this soon!

  3. I love spelling city, but now I am going to check out the vocab part of it. Thanks!

  4. I LOVE Spelling City though I haven't used it much this year. I will HAVE to check out the vocab app. I didn't know about this app. Thanks so much for sharing!


  5. I love spelling city! My kids really like it too. I even give the test sometimes, it's a great time saver if there isn't time to do the unit test. :) Hope all is well!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

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