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

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Usage: I would use it to teach different aspects of using technology, or to reinforce what they think they already know to make sure we are all on the same page!

Strengths: The videos are kid-friendly and do a good job of teaching the proper use of the computer.

Suggestions for Improvement: It is hard for me to say what needs to be improved as I have not used the program yet, however, looking over the info brochure I see using photos and graphic could be added.

Verdict: Too many of our students have limited experiences with using technology beyond games or apps. This program does a great job of teaching them how to use their computer effectively.

Danielle, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use Learning.com as needed to introduce and guide teachers and students in integrating technology into the curriculum. I support the ESOL department in instructional technology. Student use a variety of programs to enhance learning.

Strengths: The visuals are a strength for my group of learners

Suggestions for Improvement: I would be able to use this in more schools within Broward School District if other languages were available, for example the top 5 languages spoken in the District.

Verdict: The program is in English and Spanish. It does not meet the needs of a language learners with home languages other than Spanish. We have a divers group of English Language Learners.

Jordanna, Secing Grade Team Leader. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I think this is a brilliant program to use in primary classrooms to get them ready for high stakes testing online.

Strengths: I think it teaches them what they need to know to be computer literate, and it solves the problem the district has with having so many educators that are not tech savvy.

Suggestions for Improvement: I think that some of the courses not offered to 2nd grade should be, such as online communication, presentation and basic html.

Verdict: I would recommend this tool because it can be accessed online and on devices, I think it's such a brilliant product, as many schools are eliminating technology teachers. This ensures kids are learning what they need to learn to be safe and efficient on the Internet.

Media Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I am the media specialist and I would it to teach digital literacy in my 3-5 classes.

Strengths: I like that this product has structured lessons that are aligned with ISTE standards. It gives immediate feedback and includes games.

Suggestions for Improvement: We looked at a 5th grade lesson and it seemed very basic. I'm not sure that the students would find it appealing.

The graphics were dull.

Verdict: It's an organized set of lessons that covers a wide variety of digital literacy skills that students need. I think that these lessons are sometimes not always addressed in the classroom. It is self-paced and has an immediate feedback component for teachers and students.

Ese, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, Other, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I used this product in my tech classroom. I was able to assign already created lessons or to create my own lessons.

Strengths: The program helped me implement individualized, self-paced tech lessons, giving me options to create my own content as well as use the available resources.

Suggestions for Improvement: The older students, 6-8, were not as engaged by the interface and provided lessons.

Verdict: I worked to get this program for my tech classes. I let it go for the older students when they showed that could go through the lessons without learning the skills in a way where they could apply the skills in outside situations. It worked much better with my K-5 students.

JOrdanna, Second Grade Team Leader. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to familarize my student with other uses of the different search engines as well as how to gleam information from the internet.

Strengths: The very basic explanation of how to use the different tools will definitely help my low performing students

Suggestions for Improvement: I.Give it a wider range
2. Use more graphics
3. Make it more interactive

Verdict: I would recommend it because this will be one sure way of keeping my students engaged, especially my low performing students.

Magnet Coordinator, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This product is used to teach students internet safety, keyboarding and how to use computer programs using PBL.

Strengths: This product will solve the problem of students not knowing how to type. IT will also teach students how to use and create media on computer programs such as PowerPoint. It has lessons for K-5 students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would not change anything about this product.

Verdict: This is a great tool to use to teach students internet safety and keyboarding. It is also a program where the teacher can implement teacher directed lessons or independent lessons for students to complete independently or in groups.

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population

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Usage: to bring technology into the classroom
increase student interaction

Strengths: This would reach not only the tech savvy students, it would also better engage the visual learning and even musical with the right programs

Suggestions for Improvement: none

Verdict: Any program that engages students these days would be helpful. Since these are tech savvy kids, it stands to reason that education would be presented to them in a tech savvy manner

Dwight, Teacher. School Type: High School, Blended Learning

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Usage: Create an extended array of material for my students

Strengths: Fast,
easy to use,
appealing to the students

Suggestions for Improvement: A trial version
more time to test the product.
Free??

Verdict: Textbooks cannot keep up with the pace of learning

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Blended Learning

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Usage: This is great for assessment

Strengths: great assessment tool

Suggestions for Improvement: I would not change a thing

Verdict: this is a great assessnent tool

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: Being a Digital 5 teacher, it is important for my students to understand digital literacy. I would use this to teach almost ALL parts of the digital literacy component that is needed to be successful for testing.

Strengths: ISTE and FSA aligned.
Includes keyboarding.
Students can access any level.
Teachers can access all levels.
Visuals are kid friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: I do not see any weaknesses at this time.

Verdict: Once the student has been diagnosed, there is a prescription that gets generated and continues to further assist students in weak areas. Tech standards are built-in as well.

Teaching, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: Saves time and best way for students to develop digital literacy skills

Strengths: I can't answer this question at this time because I have not used it yet

Suggestions for Improvement: This is a dumb question

Verdict: It is designed with students in mind the lesson are grade approach

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