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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.
English Teacher, School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: I would use the English Literature modules to work into my standard blended curriculum. Specifically, I would use the online discussion activities, reflection activities, and authentic audience activities.

Strengths: The curriculum modules are very organized and clearly tied to the unit inquiry question/ goals

Suggestions for Improvement: The modules are based around specific novels, which make them dated and very specifically targeted for things that may not be related to my district's goals. This could require major adaptation to use in my classroom.

Verdict: The units seem very applicable to our districts goals. They are high interest (mystery/ dystopia) etc. Along with in-class instruction, they encourage high level inquiry, and have a self-directed aspect that many students would engage with.

Administrator, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, Blended Learning
Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: I need to have a reading and writing remediation component added to it as many of our scholars are 2 years below grade level.

Strengths: It solves the problem of isn't grating reading and writing in none class, with motivation based on real world connections and expert feedback.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I'd add optional reading remediation curriculum for every unit. S would be practicing fluency, reading comprehension, deciding etc strategies in texts that are tied to each units themes and concepts. 2. I'd like to see middle school units since we know that if Scholars are below grade level in 2 or more core subjects in 8th grade then the chance of graduating from high school dramatically decreases. 3. I'd like to se tiered costs for low-income students and schools with 90+% of S who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Verdict: I would not recommend this tool at this time. I love the integration, the experts and the read world writing process embedded with choice, but need a reading remediation tied to each unit at 2 years below grade level.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: I like that this is project based. I would like to use Skype with an expert in my classroom relating to the science curriculum. Right now it looks like the projects are geared for the upper grades, I teach Kindergarten. But I could still use the Skype. I think my kids would get a lot out of the interaction with an expert.

Strengths: I like the fact that you can Skype with an expert. This provides the students an opportunity to talk and interact with someone.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love to see some project materials developed for my K kids.

Verdict: I think the upper grades would love the project application with this program.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: Engage, support, connect, students.
I want students to be able to create research projects to learn about different thing.

Strengths: I am looking for a product that would make it easy for students to create projects.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1 it would have been great if we had assessments built in 2 it would have been great if it was easy to share assessment with the staff. 3 I wish we could use power points presentations as well.

Verdict: It is a great way to engage and motivate students in learning.

Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: This Project based learning program would allow me to teach English and history units in an engaging way by having students develop solutions to real-world problems.

It would be great to reach more visual/auditory/sensory learners through the use of multimedia and teach collaborative skills in the classroom.

Strengths: This Project based learning program would allow me to teach English and history units in an engaging way by having students develop solutions to real-world problems. It would be great to reach more visual/auditory/sensory learners through the use of multimedia and teach collaborative skills in the classroom. Teaches 21st century skills

Suggestions for Improvement: It seems like it may be too expensive without a lot of outside funding for our school. more teacher adaptations/edits to curriculum more data for teachers to use daily

Verdict: This Project based learning program would allow me to teach English and history units in an engaging way by having students develop solutions to real-world problems. It would be great to reach more visual/auditory/sensory learners through the use of multimedia and teach collaborative skills in the classroom. It seems like it may be too expensive without a lot of outside funding for our school.

Educator, School Type: High School, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 25, 2014

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Usage: This is a great tool to bring in a variety of projects into a learning theme.

Strengths: This project works well within an lms... It would be very useful for canvas users. I could see it being deployed easily into projects for many disciplines. I already tweeted how much I like the visual look of the web based tool.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see more subjects covered and some group projects in more detail. I will definitely go online to get the free lesson plans to see if we can use it.

Verdict: I like the way the instructions are laid out for students to go through their skill development.

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