“Spellingtime.com” helps students practice weekly spelling terms

Spellingtime.com, a new web site from Synergy1 Group Inc., offers teachers and parents of elementary-age children a free spelling tutorial resource. Aiming to simulate classroom test-taking scenarios, help students build self-confidence and erase test anxiety, deliver early computer-based learning experiences, and improve typing skills, the site uses text-to-speech technologies and interactive, phonetically correct avatars to help students practice a weekly spelling list. It also features a “100% Club”–which requires students to complete their spelling lessons every day from Monday to Thursday and get a 100 percent score on their Friday spelling test to be eligible for membership–as well as games and a “Word of the Day” section. Parents, students, or teachers enter each week’s new spelling words on Monday, and the site takes students through a four-step instructional process. Students take a pretest on Monday, play a “hangman” game on Tuesday to test their ability to spell the words, play a word-scramble game on Wednesday, take a pop quiz on Thursday to simulate a testing environment, and review all previously studied words on Friday. The site operates under the assumption that students have an in-class spelling test each Friday.

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