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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.
Debra, English Teacher. School Type: High School, Higher Education, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I would use this for my writing assignments - particularly rough drafts - and for homework. It seemed easily trackable and fast for grading purposes. I have 160 ELA contacts a day - anything that allows more writing with faster grading times will help me tremendously. I especially liked how easy it was to send their reading assignments to them so I don't have to kill massive numbers of trees in the process. It would also free up my prep time for grading and collaboration.

Strengths: The grading and calendaring tools are wonderful and I would use them daily. The app runs better on my iPad than the turnitin app, so that's a great improvement to me. Since it allows students to turn in creative projects as well, it would save paper on all of the projects I give my students. I plan to play with this at home (internet not working well here) and I'll probably have more feedback then.

Suggestions for Improvement: This is tough to speculate as I've only just spoken with the reps. I would need to look at the way it might look from rough draft to second draft to final draft of a paper. That would be great for me, though I already use turnitin for that purpose. As long as it connects across platforms and merges with google docs, that solves several of my problems.

Verdict: It already ties in to some of the software we have for roster transfer and grade transfer. Other apps that I use in class already are bridged to it, making it easier and cheaper for the students as well. It looked extremely easy to use - a necessity for me at this point.

Marcia, PK-12 Librarian. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this with my 7th grade Computer Skills class as well as my PK-12 grade classes during library time. This would be a great tool to share with my staff as well.

I could see this as a great tool to keep my students accountable for the work assigned to them and help me keep track of the assignments as they are due.

Strengths: One of the strengths of this product is the fact that you can scan documents into the program. Students can submit their work and if it isn't finished or it is the wrong document, you can send it back to them.

I also like the fact that you can look at a calendar view of all assignments so you can plan ahead.

You can add comments to the graded work and quickly grade each student's work...what a time saver for our already over worked teachers.

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't think there is any else that needs to be included except maybe a way to include your administrators in on the assignments so they can keep students accountable.

Verdict: I would highly recommend that our school/district would purchase this product since it will help teachers track assignments, keep students accountable, and administrators can ask for assignment information at a moments notice. Teachers can also collaborate with other teachers on their team so they can coordinated when assignments are due...keep from assigning to many large assignment on the same day/week.

Kamra, Teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: My school has been pushing Google platforms, especially Google Classroom. This seems to be a better option to Google Classroom. It seems more user friendly and ready to go.

Strengths: This seems to be an all encompassing platform. I can push assignments to students. They can submit it back to me. I can grade it right there (offline if I want to). Create a score. Place in gradebook. Export gradebook to my SIS. Fantastic!

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love for this to be exportable to my particular SIS (Student Insight). This would allow me to export directly rather than have to export to a "middle man" software.
I can't really think of any other criticism. This is a really well thought out product.

Verdict: This is FREE! It is similar to Google Classroom, so we would already know what we are doing. You can grade and comment right there as well as put scores in an exportable gradebook.

Celia, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: Communication tool for teacher to student, teacher to teacher.

Strengths: Solves workflow for teachers for lesson planning, documents used in lessons, grading.
Students are able to find lessons, documents, and get feedback on the grading.

Suggestions for Improvement: Need parent portal.
Need gradebook.
Grading: I grade some work using rubrics. How will that work for me being able to split screen between the student work and the rubric?

Verdict: Smooth integration of teacher to student communication, assignment attachments, work turn in, grading.
Allows for teachers to easily share work and ideas.
Ease of use for finding work by date or topic.

Katie, Classroom teacher. School Type: Elementary School

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: Assign and grade assignments, manage work flow.

Strengths: Great for productivity with grading!

Suggestions for Improvement: Would love it if this could collected data from quizzes in brainpop, Ixl, lexia, reflex math ect. Our textbooks are old (2008), can we still add these as resources?

Verdict: Allows students to access lesson information, resources, assessments. Love that Internet isn't needed! Integrates with Google and textbooks, resources we already have.

Christian, Director of Technology. School Type: Higher Education, High ELL Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: This is a product I would use every day in my classes for assignment management and submission.

Strengths: 1. Like that it works on an offline. That is huge!!!!!
2. Like that it works great with the mobile devices
3. Like that it can handle any kind of format for submission even written pages.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I would see if there is a way to integrate the grade book with our school LMS. Exporting is fine but would be great if it could sync.
2. Would like to see some sort of add-in or extension that could be install into our LMS so that assignments could be posted in Canvas or Bb, etc but handled in Canary.
3. Integration with scanners would be great. I would like to see integration with my Fijutsu scanner I use all the time so I can quickly upload handouts, etc to the system.

Verdict: I would recommend this product because I think many of our teachers are looking for a way to digitally manage assignments papers, etc but the LMS we use is not consistent on the way it handles assignments in different devices.

1st/2nd grade teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Project Based School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: This program is mainly for Middle School or upper elementary use. I teach 1st/2nd grade and we don't have any homework or online work. I could see the other grades at my school use it as an effective grade book and assignment tool.

Strengths: Great and easy to use interface. Nice colors and visuals. Great to use offline as well. Does it save automatically?

I wish there was some element that could be useful for lower grades but since my class does not give homework, I won't be using this.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great to have other colors on the main page where you see different parts to access like homework today, versus tomorrow. All of it is orange but it would be more visually appealing to see sections in different colors.

Verdict: I would recommend this assessment tool because it has a nice user interface to teachers and students, it looks easy to use, and it can be used on any device. It also works offline which can be handy. Teachers can post assignments and tests on it.

Antoinette, Teacher. School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: This is very similar to classroom through Google. I would use it to share assignments with students and for students to submitted assignments for grading.

Strengths: This can prepare students for college and using the blackboard. This also helps students to stay organized. The dashboard is well organized and the students would not have to scroll the entire dashboard to find older assignments. It is able to email the students of missing assignments and due dates. This is a free service that students will be able to access both online and offline.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like for the product to be able to link with a sis system in the grade book part. Other than that one thing I did not see any other way to improve this product.

Verdict: Ease of use. The student would be able to stay organized. If they are missing assignments they could go back and find assignments and graded work. The calendar feature would help students that need to stay organized as well.

9-12 Social Studies Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use this program as a means of organizing lessons and collaborating with other teachers. Lessons could be provided to students as a means of another way for them to complete work in class or at home.

Strengths: I like having all of the assignments and texts all in one place.

For me, the problem solved is being able to cut down time on grading and data entry, provided it can connect with our SIS system.

The student who misses time in class can be held accountable for their learning and submission of homework.

Love the fact that it has offline access.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I was unclear as to what systems work best with the connection to SIS.

2. I was unclear if this system would work in an environment that was not 1 to 1 or BYOD.

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Verdict: With our students, there are many who are connected at home and also some who struggle with attendance. This would provide another layer in which students could stay connected with classwork.

Product Manager, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Other

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: This platform could house curriculum we want to deliver to educators, counselors, and others.

Strengths: Lightweight LMS/CMS functionality with customization of the content and nice permissions functionality - just enough firepower to deliver content with a clean UX, but without the heavy learning curve of the bigger players in the space. And BYOD, which is HUGE.

Suggestions for Improvement: Needs tighter security for our purposes. Also could do with some measure of pre-populated content, at least to learn the system. Options to integrate our brand identity into the system would be critical for us to adopt.

Verdict: I'm intrigued by an LMS-style solution that feels more lightweight and customizable, as this one does.

Stacie, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this program to keep and accurate track of how my students are working.

Strengths: I like the idea of checking students papers while waiting in a Doctors office or just waiting. I like how the teacher can give feed back on assignment.

Suggestions for Improvement: The only problem I have with this product, our students are low income and unable to do work on the computer or go to the library to access the computer. Students can't take computers home so it's hard to access assignments.

Verdict: I would recommend this program because it's documentation and evidence. This program will keep track of what my students are doing, and how long them to do any assignement.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I would use to make formative assessments of my students progress.

Strengths: Again, I like that it works offline for the students and teachers. We sometimes have connectivity issues in our school and this is great.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'm sorry, I don't really have any recommendations except for one. I work in a gifted school and we make our own standards, so I would have them modify their product to help with this.

Verdict: The ease of use for teachers is great. I especially liked that teachers and students could access this offline and then when their device comes in contact with a network, it syncs automatically.

Math Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use it to create lesson plans, share with colleagues, and post homework for students.

Strengths: The format is a strength. The interface is easy to navigate for both teachers and students. It also organizes your classroom materials to make items easier to access.

Suggestions for Improvement: A phone app would be useful. It would also help if a teacher could host instructional videos. Also, it would be easier for students if they had an annotation tool.

Verdict: It is an all encompassing system that has lesson planning, grading, and sharing with teachers and students.

Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to grade and push out information.

Strengths: I like that it is very user friendly. It seems to work well at a high school level. I like to see how well it grades. I appreciate that.

Suggestions for Improvement: I dont know how well it wouldwork at the elementary level. It seems to be more user friendly for high school. You would have top watch cost and it would be an administrator decision.

Verdict: I would use it if it isn't too expensive.

Jenna, Web Content Manager. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: We are looking into getting a new content management system but we're not impressed with the teacher websites it offers and would like something more interactive that includes grading functionality.

Strengths: I love the collaboration that Canary allows for. Our current teacher websites do not let teachers easily collaborate, whereas collaboration appears to be a strong suit of canary. I liked the look, it appeared easy to use. I also like that it works seamlessly with Google logins. This would make it easier to roll out to students.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) There should be an app for android devices as well as Apple products. We are an android district, and it concerns me that we were told the mobile view is not ideal for students. An app for android or enhanced mobile view would help this problem. An app is also more ideal for us because it might allow the teacher to send notifications to student phones, whereas mobile view wouldn't allow this.

2) A parent portal would be nice. Our parents are used to having access to student websites through our current CMS system Edline, and it would be tough taking that access away from them.

3) I liked the homework/gradebook aspects of the product, but I wish students could use tablets to complete and submit work within the document rather than taking a picture of their homework and submitting it. I'm also concerned that it might cause more work for teachers to grade homework within Canary and then go and input the grades into our SIS Tyler.

Verdict: I like that it appears to be user friendly, however I would be concerned about how well it interacts with our student information system Tyler. Teachers would have to input grades in multiple places, and we're trying to streamline our technology.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use it with student worksheets, but to be honest, it just seems like it would be a lot of work to upload the paper sheets into being online. I work with paper now, and my trick is to randomly select just a few questions to grade, and then add up those. This is a less-than-ideal system, but it is how I deal with "grading" the volume of work assigned, multiplied by the 30 or so students in the classroom.

Strengths: I like all of the things that this product handles automatically, eg: keeping track of who has turned in the assignment.

Suggestions for Improvement: It is nice that the system handles a lot of the overhead associated with grading and assignments. I think what I want is something where EVERYTHING is online, and where the system does as much grading as possible (eg multiple choice questions, short answer questions) and my input is used ONLY when required.
I'm guess that this really requires you to wed yourself with specific curriculum. For example, actual chemistry curriculum & homework & grading all handled by your system. Ambitious, but imagine how great it would be for a Chemistry teacher to spend her or his time walking around the classroom helping students individually while the computer delivers the curriculum (videos, etc) and has the students "experiment" with simulations, answer homework problems, answer quiz questions, et cetera.

Verdict: I'm wary of the time it would take to learn the system. Plus I imagine that it would be best if it were adopted by the whole school, and that would be difficult. Some teachers are very resistant to change.

Brett, Teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I don't feel like it is above and beyond google classroom where it would be worth the students learning a different classroom system.

Strengths: The widgets on the side are the strength of this app. It makes this app more efficient than others. This app minimizes clicks.

I also love the offline cache.

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't think I would change anything, but due to my district using similar product with google. If I went to a new district that wasn't integrating google, I would recommend it.

I might change the font or color, the yellow background is a little hard on my eyes.

Verdict: It doesn't provide our school with a substantial upgrade over google classroom. It would not be worth the time to train teachers and students to use a new system.

Daniel, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: The offline capabilities are not as useful as I thought. Students would still need internet access at some point, and many of my students do not have access to internet at home. My district already uses programs to manage data, and I wouldn't use an additional system.

Strengths: There seems to be many useful features. I likes how it can take paper out of the processes.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would need to be able to export data to my districts web based programs. I would like away for the offline work to automatically upload or download to canary whenever it is in wifi range.

Verdict: I would tell them that our current program does the work of this system.

Special Edu. Teacher, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use this program to share data with my students and parents, This would allow me collaborate between my folders eliminating some steps and allowing me to spend more time on teaching

Strengths: I love this product because it will free us some of my time doing paper work and will allow me more much needed instructional time for my special needs students.

Suggestions for Improvement: Without using the product their is nothing I can really say I would do to change this product. From what I saw it doesn't need any improvements.

Verdict: I would recommend using this product because it allows teachers to collaborate and free up some time for instruction needs of our students. It would eliminate the need for numerous files.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to plan online and grade when I'm not connected to Internet.

Strengths: Love the Gradebook system, lesson plan features, and scheduler.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'm not sure how to make this product better at this time. I'd have to use it for a bit before I have further questions or concerns.

Verdict: I love how I don't have to be connected to internet to grade papers. I could grade them wherever. I also like how there was a lot of thought put into the product. I can tell that they had the teachers in mind and wanted to truly be a benefit to them.

Nick, Teacher/PD Facililtator. School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use to it to grade daily and use it to let my students know what is going on in class.

Strengths: I love how it centralizes everything for teachers.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love the collaborative power of Google to be used more in it. 2. This is a powerful tool 3. Adding more plugins

Verdict: I love that is able to use offline. It would be great for schools who are 1:1 but students who don't have reliable access after school.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use this program to assign and record homework.

Strengths: It allows me to maintain assignments and have access to them in the following year.

Suggestions for Improvement: I want parents to be alerted when students have missing assignments.

Verdict: It reduces the amount of time spent on collecting and keeping track of assignments and it can be used without internet.

Azalia, Instructional Coach. School Type: Middle School, High School

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Usage: Help the campus become paperless

Strengths: User friendly, easy to see where students are, can work offline.

Suggestions for Improvement: Able for students to write on documents, ability for teachers to write comments, parent portal

Verdict: User friendly, available offline

Teacher, School Type: Higher Education, 1:1 Devices

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I find this resource very useful to keep myself and my students organized. If I student has not submitted and I assignment I will be able to check that immediately. I like the fact that it connects with Google Apps for Education. I will try it to see how it looks in my classroom.

Strengths: Connection with Google Docs
Organization for teachers and students
Quick information about data

Suggestions for Improvement: At this time, I have not used the product yet but I am going to try it. I just can refer to what I saw in the presentation, and I liked what I saw.

Verdict: I cannot make administration decision but I definitely would recommend it to other teachers if I see that it works. I think the purpose is to help our students succeed.

Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use it to help me run a more organized classroom. i feel that I am a good teacher in my areas. I build relationships with my students, I have a good handle on classroom management, but I am weak in grading.

It takes me forever to grade and return work to my students. This would help me have a faster turnaround on the work that I am able to return to my kids.

Strengths: It makes the little things that we do in the classroom, quicker and easier.

Suggestions for Improvement: i wish I had an answer for this. I haven't analyzed it enough to come up with an opinion.

Verdict: I think it would streamline the management process for a teacher. It would definitely help to make the "housekeeping" things go much faster.

SpEd Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this program to track students progression and/or regression as well as keeping myself and the students organized.

Strengths: Organization and time management is the key to this program really being a positive in the school that I'm working for at the time. This leads to success of the students and staff and ultimately the school.

Suggestions for Improvement: Money and really teaching the concept with several different professional development training sessions.

Verdict: Money efficiency would be a huge issue. Can we actually afford to fully implement this program into our school(s). However I believe programs such as this is needed in order to advance our students in today's society.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would want to use this product with my whole school and with my students but j have second graders and the platform may not be intuitive for them.

Strengths: I like that it can be access offline, that only some components can be shared, and that it's very user friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see it optimized for primary and I would like for there to be recommended or prepopulated assignments arranged by standard.

Verdict: I think the idea is wonderful but would like o see it optimized for primary learners. The idea of "going paperless" is something my school it trying to get on board with but so few programs are for the little ones.

Smith, Math department chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: Data organization. Student tracking of grades and missing assignments. Communication with students.

Strengths: Collaboration, lesson development. Data collection, interpretation, analysis, and communication.

Suggestions for Improvement: Copy courses from other teachers who are not in our building (share content globally)

Integrate with outside grade books.

Verdict: Ease of use, umbrella organization of student workload and achievements. Integrated grade book is nice. Efficiency , as it remembers things we have entered and completed

Addition of SBG and Rubrics would be essential going forward.

Virginia, Library Media Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I could picture teachers using this.

Strengths: Organizing for a teacher is important. Going paperless is even better. I like how the teacher is able to have everything at hand. Ability to grade student work from their hand held devise is a great feature.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am not sure of that at the moment. To know which schools in my area or even in STL would help to know.

Verdict: The organizing within this product looks great! I like the many departments within the main pannel.

Ian, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: Manage assignments and workload offline. With very unreliable wi-fi at my high school, this would be an excellent tool.

Strengths: Grade papers at hs sporting events
Use to communicate with students
Keep track of missing work.

Suggestions for Improvement: I can't think of areas where improvement is needed. It appears comprehensive and user-friendly.

Verdict: It appears to be a very user-friendly template to keep work in order. It encourages improved organization through the simplicity of its use.

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