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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.
Math Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I would use it so students could contact me outside of school for feedback on homework. I would also use it to grade assignments and small quizzes while providing feedback.

Strengths: It is a way for students to communicate with a teacher outside the classroom and receive assistance or feedback on work. It has a simple interface that is easy to use and navigate.

Suggestions for Improvement: Entering student email addresses will be a tedious task. Providing students with a code would be easier for setup. It would be nice to allow multiple pictures in one thread.

Verdict: I would recommend it for all teachers interested in communicating with their students outside of the classroom with regards to assignments. My only hesitation with the program is that I feel my students would expect immediate answers that I may not always be able to provide during personal time.

Azalia, Instructional Coach. School Type: Middle School, High School
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: To give students feedback faster on assignments and to use the data to inform instruction

Strengths: Students can upload exit tickets using camera on phone. The images are available immediately on the teacher dashboard for grading.

Suggestions for Improvement: Using a class code and not requiring students to have emails so that this can be used with all grades. This will also eliminate teachers having to upload a file with email addresses. This would be especially cumbersome for secondary teachers with 120+ students.

Set a minimum number of characters on teacher feedback so that teachers are forced to give more meaningful feedback than good job.

Verdict: It makes students accountability for turning in assignments. Teachers can go through the assignments quickly and provide meaningful feedback to students.

Kamra, Teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I would use it to grade exit tickets and quick quizzes. THis is not intended for large scale assignments or things that require elaborate feedback. You have students take a snapshot of their work and you given them "a snapshot" of feedback.

Strengths: This is a great idea of a program. It is still in either alpha or beta testing so it is not perfect or even close. The programmer and creator are more than happy to interact with teachers to gather information on how to make their program easier to use and more accessable to teachers. It is a simple look, not too busy, not overwhelming. It does what it does and doesn't try for more.

Suggestions for Improvement: Make it easier to put students into the system. I don't want to spend time typing them in another platform.
Make it easy to use offline and then push back when I am online. I need to be able to grade at soccer games and in the car without using up my data plan.
Make a voice comment section. Sometimes it is easier for me to speak my responses to a student rather than type or write them.

Verdict: It gives quick feedback to students. It allows students to interact with their teachers quickly. There is a comment and response scenario included in the platform.

Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I would use to assess formative assessments of students in the 9-12 social studies classroom.

Strengths: 1. Easy to use and quick to respond to students.
2. Creates a system of accountability for students to keep track of and monitor their learning.
3. Creates a means for teachers to provide structured and timely feedback to students.
4. Produces a record for the teacher to show growth or need for growth to parents.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. There needs to be an easier way to register without the need for email. A text message or QR code scan would be needed.
2. Are there any other ways to submit the assignments if the students do not have a functioning phone or device. Is there a way for email submission to work?
3. Is there a way to divide up the responses by student, or are they just grouped by class and assignment?

Verdict: Students are able to build a library of work and communication with me as the teacher. Students can have access to prior assessments and use that for the purpose of study and review. Teachers can provide structured feedback to the students on what they can do to correct their assignments. Timely feedback is essential.

Trainer, School Type: Other
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: Excellent way for teachers to give feedback on the fly, no matter where I am. Same goes for students- they can receive feedback at any time.

Strengths: No need for paper
Convenience for teacher
Never lose an assignment again
Can use any time, any where

Suggestions for Improvement: Many students do not have access to email, it would be great to allow a teacher to register a class using the teacher's email only. (Many districts have email blocked for students or kids are under 13 to get a Google account.)

Verdict: Providing real feedback is a time hog! This allows teachers to not have to cart around a bunch of papers and to provide feedback wherever they are.

Science Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I would use it to score lab diagrams and other written works by students. I'd also share this with my math teacher on my team.

Strengths: It offers ease to scoring items that do not necessiarily fit the mold of a... b... c... scoring. It allows the students to easily see where mistakes were made.

Suggestions for Improvement: The main thing I would improve would be the cost. Many schools cannot fit these types of scoring systems into their budget with all of the other required expenses.

Verdict: I would recommend this because it offers feedback to students on actual written work. It also offers ease for student scoring on more complex problems in math.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I have had trouble with my 7th grade social studies classes when it comes to reviewing for tests so I feel this would help with exit slips after every lesson.

Strengths: In my social studies class, I would have each student write down the answers to 2-3 questions learn from the lesson and send it to me for immediate feedback.

Suggestions for Improvement: With everything electronic, I still feel we are a lot of using paper. Maybe with the exception of the immediate feedback, students could just turn the paper in and save a step.

Verdict: Students can write answers to a couple of questions then send it to the teacher for immediate feedback.

Library Media Specialist, School Type: Elementary School
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I am a library media specialist and I would share this with the teachers in my buildings. I don't grade assignments, but I think my 3rd-4th grade teachers might like this. I could also see using it for staff meetings or professional development opportunities.

Strengths: I like being able to write on the homework or type comments.

Suggestions for Improvement: Different color "inks" to write with.
Not requiring students to sign up with email. Having an option to add through a code or email.
Single sign on using Gmail/Google.

Verdict: I would explain the benefits of the immediate feedback and the ease of grading.

Matt, Technology Integration Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: As a good bridge for those teachers who are either stuck in worksheet land, or whose subject is paper-intensive, like math.

Strengths: This provides an easy way to capture written work, or even work that is not recorded, like science experiments or performances.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see the UI to be better, maybe a color scheme, and/or larger buttons. It also needs the ability to have kids join by code, since young kids can't have emails.

Verdict: I would recommend this as a bridging technology between nothing and a fully integrated LMS, or even Google Classroom.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School
Nov 14, 2015

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Usage: I could see this to allow students to send me their pieces of a research project. I could also see this being useful for individual questions on an assignment. I can see this for a teacher down the hall and use this for clarification when working mult-step math problems.

Strengths: I like that I can have stud met s contact me with questions or submissions. I think this could provide clarity quickly.

Suggestions for Improvement: I think hat here needs to be a user interface that doe t require email address as I teach at the elementary level. I would like to be able to allow students to interact with the material once I have comment. I wish that there would be a way to email parents examples of what has been submitted would also allowing them to see what their student considers completed work.

Verdict: I see this as a tool for using for exit ticket in class. I can see how students working independently or as independent practice could posse questions while a teacher is working or providing instruction will be able to meet those needs quickly.

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