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In Summit Reflections, educators review tools that they have seen at an EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Summit Reflections can only be completed onsite at the event; reviewers are incentivized to leave reviews.
Assistant Principal, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning
Nov 22, 2014

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Usage: I am a school administrator, so I would use this in three different ways:

1) For my own Coaching/Observation/Feedback cycle with my teachers. I would upload classroom video and give moment-by-moment feedback for the teacher to view on their own time - with specific "evidence" tagged and connected to our teacher development rubric.

2) We would use this for formal evaluations (we do these three times a year), where our evaluator could connect the various pieces of evidence to give an official eval based on our rubric.

3) We have yet to roll out teacher peer evaluation, and this is an area that we have struggled with, as we do not have the staffing to regular allow teachers out of their classrooms to visit peers, and a video-based system would make that much easier (also avoids the difficulty of two teachers scheduling time together).

Strengths: As I mentioned before, it allows for: 1) Asynchronous, but in-depth and useful, feedback. I can take video in the classroom, write up some feedback and get it to the teacher before the day ends, and my teachers can see that and act on it tomorrow. 2) It gives teachers more power over the observation process. So many times I'm unable to get into classrooms to see the "highlight" moments - teachers are always saying, "of course you came in now - you just missed . . . .(something great)!" This lets the teachers set up a camera for their best moments and share it out to me (or others for feedback) - lets them choose the classes they struggle the most with, or the lessons they want to get feedback on, etc. (or the great stuff, as I mentioned). 3) It allows for in-depth and regular teacher-teacher "observation" and feedback. Teachers share video with each other, but the tagging and connecting to our rubric make this feel a lot more specific and helpful (when the teacher can see EXACTLY the moment we're referencing).

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Creating a system by which teachers can choose to share "highlight" clips that can be linked to other teachers as resources (for example, Teacher A is struggling with managing groupwork, and I note that in their video feedback; then I link them to Teacher B, who is a groupwork champ, for them to immediately see an example of what it could look like). 2) Along the same lines, I would also like to be able to tag "exemplar" videos for each section of our own rubric and have it all come together in a master "exemplar" page where teachers can see exactly what best practices look like for each piece of our eval rubric. 3) This might already exist in the product, but asynchronous chat or commenting. This would allow for a whole conversation about the video and feedback to occur without having to fight for a time to actually sit down and have that conversation. We could progress the feedback and Action Steps far beyond the level my current meetings go before we even sat down.

Verdict: This product specifically addresses a few issues we have with our current Coaching/Observation/Eval system. We have been trying to make Bloomboard work for us, but it is unwieldy, difficult to use on the fly, and does not allow for in-depth video breakdown like this product. We have a large number of new teachers this year, and we've found that video observation is the best way for us to "get in their classrooms" consistently, but without a system like this, teachers have to wait to meet with us to really break down the video and what we're seeing (which usually means they're waiting for at least a week or two and miss a lot of the timely feedback that could have effected their class the next day).

Sheryl, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning
Apr 23, 2016

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Usage: I would use this product with teachers for informal observations & collaborations (i.e. PLC, department, grade level). Also, I think this can be used as a resource for best practices. If a teacher wants to see how to implement a particular strategy, this can create a bank of videos for a coach or an administrator to share with teachers.

Strengths: I LOVE that this product can be used with multiple users. I can share a video observation with a colleague for feedback, but then also share the video with my administrator for another layer of feedback. I can see this program being used in a big picture scale in my organization because it also has the ability to incorporate the different steps of the observation process. The Alliance currently uses Bloomboard as our observation management site, but I think this can be the next level of teacher assessment.

Suggestions for Improvement: The only thing that I would change about this product is creating "chat/comment rooms." I asked if I would be able to share a video with different users without them being able to see each other's comments. For example, if I share my video with another teacher and ask for feedback, would I be able to then share it with my administrator without the admin seeing my colleague's comments? The answer was no; I would have to upload the video again to create a separate commenting conversation. I think creating different "rooms" would alleviate the hassle of having to reload a video.

Verdict: I think this is important not just for teachers to receive feedback, but it can be a powerful tool for administrators. Video observations give teachers increased opportunity to see each other, but it can also create a valuable opportunity for feedback between teachers and administrators in the observation process. Scripting can be so one sided, but with video evidence, there is no room for interpretation.

Kristen, Teacher, Instructional Coach. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices
Oct 1, 2016

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Usage: I am an instructional coach on campus and I can see myself using this as a teacher myself but also using it as a tool for helping teachers get used to reflecting on their own practice. Teachers always want opportunities to improve but are frequently intimidated by observations by admin.m that are always high stakes.

Strengths: This platform allows teachers to take control of their own learning and development opportunities by allowing them space to practice reflecting on their own instructional strategies. Self reflection plays a huge part in teacher growth. But it also allows for coaches across the nation to access videos and assess in a normed process. Allows admin the opportunity to reference particular moments in the lesson when reviewing their rubric.

Suggestions for Improvement: I honestly can not think of anything to improve. It has unlimited storage. It has a handle on all aspects of privacy. It has addressed concerns pre and post conferences. It allows the uploading of documents like student work and lesson plans for reference with the video. So amazing.

Verdict: This program helps coordinate meaningful and timely feedback to teachers and helps coaches with scheduling issues. Helps with calibrating or norming observation feedback between coaches and admin. Provides consistent reflection opportunities for teachers in low risk situations first and then builds in more critical, regular comments.

David, Teacher. School Type: High School
Oct 1, 2016

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Usage: I would use this to evaluate my instructional practice and to get feedback from administrators, coaches, and colleagues. It is a powerful platform for targeting specific practices and focusing on setting new goals to grow as an educator.

Strengths: This product addresses the issue of how to sustain ongoing and meaningful evaluation of teacher performance with fidelity. It would encourage teacher collaboration, foster more meaningful instructional coaching, and bridge the gap between professional development and instructional practice.

Suggestions for Improvement: While it seems like the pricing is competitive, the individual licenses seem like a hard sell to people who aren't already invested in improving teacher evaluation.

Verdict: I think that this platform will be helpful in removing some of the stigma that can be associated with teacher evaluations and delivering/receiving feedback regarding pedagogy. As educators, it is essential that we have honest and deep conversations about pedagogical practices. This platform makes starting those conversations easier, and ensures that they continue throughout the year.

Teacher Librarian, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Apr 23, 2016

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Usage: making videos of classroom teaching for improving my skills and getting feedback from other teachers/administrators at my school

Strengths: This appears to be a fantastic product! It also is reasonably priced. The most valuable way for teachers to improve their craft is to have video of themselves in action. This product will allow them to use it for self-reflection, to discuss with other teachers, to show segments of videos as models of instructional strategies, and to work informally with evaluators during the process of evaluation in the school year.

Suggestions for Improvement: Although I believe it is fairly priced, obviously I would vote for a lower cost, just to save money that could be used for other purposes.

Definitely, if it is to be adopted by entire school districts or multi-school management organizations, provide a discount in order to get the bigger overall sale.

Have a private view for each teacher of others' feedback, and even include anonymous feedback from other teachers, so other teachers don't feel uncomfortable being honest in providing areas for improvement.

Verdict: None.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, BYOD Devices
Jan 28, 2017

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Usage: I am a nationally board certified teacher. It would be a great way to show other teachers and give feedback to their lesson. I would love to show them how they can improve.

Strengths: The ability to give good quality feedback and rate performance is something that really helps teachers reach students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would give teachers the ability to annotate the video and give specific feedback to their peers. Furthermore, I would allow teachers to chat real time when watching the lesson as a group. I would show teacher ratings over time to show how their practice improved.

Verdict: I feel the user interface and the feedback will give teachers a great insight as to how best improve their practice.

Student, School Type: Higher Education
Jan 28, 2017

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Usage: Feedback is such an important process to continually integrate into teacher's craft, and would submit and review videos for evaluation on a weekly basis.

Strengths: Solves the problem of individualized teaching feedback with specific points, rather than just vague comments.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Price point of $120/year a bit high
2) Convey quality of coaches more upfront
3) Try to infuse consistency in the coaches so that there isn't confusion around receiving feedback from different people.

Verdict: Teaching is one of those professions where PD is sometimes brushed aside as a formality. Having dedicated service towards feedback that doesn't take away from administrative time is a huge bonus.

Kitty, Educator. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
Oct 1, 2016

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Usage: I would like quality feedback from my administration and this tool seems like a fabulous and very informative.

Strengths: Teachers and admin have so much on their plate, they need time saving products this AdvanceFeedback can provide.

Suggestions for Improvement: I know companies have to make money, but right now, I can't get the money from my district, so the price point is a little high for what I can pay right now.

Verdict: Teachers need quality feedback just as their students do. This tool provides the opportunity for teachers to dialogue with their observers to improve their practices.

Tina, Administrator, District. School Type: Other
Oct 1, 2016

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Usage: I would use this tool to supplement a badgified professional development system that has been established for World Language teachers in Austin ISD through a grant with a local university. WL teachers can participate in PD events tied to a framework called TELL, Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning, that is comprised of seven domains for growth. I correlate these domain characteristics with those in our new appraisal system instructional strands so teachers and administrators alike see that it enhances the PPfT model and does not seek to supplant it. But language teachers certainly need feedback that is different from other content areas specific to foreign language pedagogy. Teachers who participate in the badge journey are expected to attend the workshop in any given domain face to face, complete and online module, videotape themselves in action, and finally share or present thei new knowledge and experiences with others. This tool will make this possible with capabilities to include meaningful comments and ongoing dialogue between teacher and their administrators.

Strengths: Information is based on experiences of educators and classroom practitioners. It makes observation comments more concrete by providing reference points throughout the lesson that can be viewed for growth.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Embed videotaping options where teachers can click and record.
2. Create a repository of videos tagged by content areas to make it easily searchable by teachers looking for demonstration classrooms.
3. Include testimonials from those using the product to show how the product has enhanced teacher and appraiser relationships.

Verdict: The video platform allows for more specific feedback that can be aligned with certain moments of instruction that are being targeted for improvement or success.

4th Grade Small Group Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, BYOD Devices
Jan 28, 2017

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Usage: As a newer teacher, I am still figuring out the best ways to work in my classroom. I would use this product occasionally after I've reflected on my practices in order to better refine my teaching in specific areas. I love the fact that the uploads are quick because that has been a problem for me in the past. I also love that I can do this on my own time and that this type of observation will not throw off the dynamic of my classroom.

Strengths: One of the biggest strengths is the ability to easily share with others and that this observation can be done on an individuals own time.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great to have a quick messaging system on this product to that there could be a dialogue before teachers upload their videos. I am also concerned with the technology hardware aspect because at the moment I do not have much to film my lessons other than my own Ipad.

Verdict: I would recommend this tool because observations take a lot of time for administrators to organize and orchestrate. They also can throw off the dynamic of the classroom or take a lot of time to prepare sub plans for if they are teacher to teacher observations. This is an efficient product that saves time and is effective in giving feedback.

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