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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
Oct 24, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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
Oct 24, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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
Oct 24, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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
Nov 14, 2015

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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.


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
Oct 24, 2015

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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.

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