What Educators Are Saying
High School Teacher at Providence High School, Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, Charlotte, NC
Jodee uses StudySync to provide feedback through anonymous peer review and has noticed that it “heightens student engagement and increases student motivation to read with better comprehension and respond with increased accuracy.”
"I am astounded and amazed at the progress my ESL students have made in writing. I have never seen this kind of student progress in writing in all of my 26 years of teaching. Because my students know that their written responses to a prompt will be read and reviewed anonymously by other students in the class, their writing has become more purposeful with the added bonus of improved mechanics. Along with the power of peer review, my ability as a teacher to annotate my concerns, correct mistakes, and applaud successes directly on student responses that I access online is efficient, immediate, and powerful."
"As an ESL teacher, I am often required to provide background knowledge for my students regarding authors, text, and historical events,” notes Jodee. “I found a Blast, ‘Dr. King’s Day,’ with related research links that provide a comprehensive picture of King’s contributions to the Human Rights movement and why he is celebrated and honored with a national holiday. Once I found these resources in StudySync, I was instantly able to scaffold a lesson that efficiently explains a very complicated aspect of the American experience."
"Again, I am hooked and can't ever imagine teaching without StudySync. I know, too, that I have only scratched the surface with this tool and look forward to discovering new ways to use it to benefit my students."
Middle School Teacher at Monett Middle School, Monett, MO
"You can create groups within your classes and I think it's great for differentiation. You can assign two different texts with varying Lexile levels and the same type of required response. This allows students with different reading levels to complete the same types of exercises. There are so many possibilities with this program."
Language Arts Teacher at Sierra Middle School, Parker, CO
“I think it is still difficult to determine which texts are actually aligned to the Common Core text complexity standards. StudySync made it easy for me to find text selections to use with students. I was also able to use the annotation tool and the writing prompts to get students to respond and interact with texts. The accessibility of many types of high-quality texts was very useful as I did not have to spend hours searching the internet for a variety of reading materials. Students enjoyed using the computers and they were really engaged when they were rating Blasts and reading each other's writing.”
Caitlin Tucker, Author and English Teacher at Windsor High School, Sonoma, CA
For so long, English has equated to books, pen, and paper. My students enjoy that StudySync is helping English class to evolve with the times. They love the previews, Skills videos, Blasts, and anonymous peer reviews. StudySync challenges them to engage with texts on a deeper level, and I can see a big difference in their ability to identify strong textual evidence and use it to support their assertions. They are also learning to transfer their classic pen and paper annotation strategies to the digital space, which is increasingly important as they read more digital texts.
Maureen Minnick English Teacher and Department Chair at Mountain Trails Middle School, Paradise Valley, AZ
"Feedback and grading are embedded within the assignment. I highlight entire chunks of student writing and with a click they can read what comments I attached to that specific part. The line of students waiting for me to decipher what handwritten notes I scribbled on their page the day before is finally gone."
World History Teacher, Brittany Hill Middle School, Blue Springs, MO
A World History teacher in MO, Darcie mentions that frequently her students miss the importance of nonfiction works because they are distracted by the vocabulary. Darcie suggests, “One of the most useful tools in StudySync is one of the simplest; a vocabulary section to accompany difficult or challenging texts,” that can be reviewed at the beginning of the lesson. Darcie uses StudySync for assignments in her World History class. After using the program to work with historical texts, she “noticed an improvement in my students’ abilities to incorporate text-based evidence and details into written responses.”