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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.
Nieshe, Science Department Chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: At St. Pius X- St. Matthias Academy we are in the process of growing into an "edTech" school. Currently we are working to integrate more technology into our curriculum and lesson planning. For myself I am currently using the platforms MasteringBiology and MasteringA&P where students complete their reading quizzes, homework, etc and receive real time feedback. From the teacher's perspective I am able to see student progress in terms of time taken to complete, student responses, class data analysis, etc. All of this allows me to directly address the concepts that individual students are struggling with or that the class as a whole is struggling with. Exitticket.org is very similar to this, but is relevant to real time class feedback. This would be a great complement to the programs that I am using for homework assessment.

Strengths: The main strength of this program is the data display that allows for instant feedback Student Response tab: Class Averages Number of Questions Mastered Number of Questions Completed Question Mastery Analyze individual students: Student responses question by question Level: advanced, medium, low Reteach tab: Allows you to pull small groups of students who did not correctly answer questions and to pair This product solves the problem of time constraints related to trying to get through grading exit slips.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am very pleased with this product overall!

Verdict: I would recommend to admin that we utilize this program because it was tested on a student body that was similar in terms of demographics to our student body. Furthermore our students benefit having real time and instant feedback. When our students receive instant feedback they are more invested in their learning and are better able to identify the concepts and questions that they are struggling with.

Natasha, Math Department Chairperson. School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: As a teacher who uses the "clicker" system, this program excited me greatly. I teach high school math and it can be exhausting grading papers, and returning them to students. This program will allow real time feedback to me as well as the students. I love the smiley face badges that evolve as students click the right and wrong answers. This will slow the students down because often they race to click the answers in versus taking the time to actually respond correctly. I appreciate the pre-made questions available to the public as I will learn how to use it.

Strengths: 1) I love being able to share and view what other master teachers are doing in their classroom.

2) It solves grading papers for me which saves my time and energy.

3) I will be able to swtich users with the same device as well as automatic group scoring and delayed timing for the responses.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) If students do not have an electronic device, how can I help them.
2) What can parents view to keep up with students data.
3) I need everything to be free for teachers.

Verdict: As the department math chair, I can conduct department meetings that would allow us to compare and contrast our standard progress throughout the school year. Administrators will be able to also see the data and what we need to do as a department.

Laura, 6th Grade English teacher. School Type: Middle School, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this as a warm up or informal assessment. This would be incredibly valuable as a check for understanding after a reading assignment or a pop quiz. It would allow me to direct and differentiate my instruction in the moment.

Strengths: It allows me to save time at the beginning of class by providing actionable data. It also allows me to show my students their improvement or struggles over time. The fact that it shows different classes would allow me to conduct interventions for students who are struggling with skills across content areas. It also allows me to show my students how they are doing as a class anonymously.

Suggestions for Improvement: Honestly, it seems very effective. I might add an application (which I know they are working on). I would also incorporate more game based activities, but I love the emoticons that are currently used.

Verdict: I would recommend this resource because it is free, easy to use, and designed for multiple interfaces. I love that students can view their progress over time and across classes. The fact that this would work on a phone is perfect for my students! Also, they are building an option for free response open grading.

Special Education Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this as the name implies to evaluate students mastery of the day's lesson. Perhaps also to break up lectures, and also to organize classroom differentiation.

Strengths: The data that this product provides is incredibly helpful, and the setup for each class is easy to do. It's a really flexible product, and flexibility is really one of the most important things I consider when using technology in the classroom.

Suggestions for Improvement: Customized student data that could be downloaded in any format would make this product integrate perfectly in a classroom, because if you can't do anything with students scores, it's pretty much useless. ExitTicket may do this, I don't remember. This product is another truly innovative product that provides something unique and doesn't overlap something else that I've seen today. PLEASE DON'T CHANGE MUCH.

Verdict: Evaluation of students learning is incredibly important when faced with challenging students. Having a way to access other than standard test would be very helpful. Also, the increased frequency that a teacher could evaluate students would be helpful.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this to create standard specific exit tickets to monitor exactly which of my students have mastered specific skills.

Strengths: The product is simple to use and provides real time data. It greatly cuts down on time spent grading assessments and gives you an immediate understanding of the landscape of your classroom. It allows for teacher modification and the sharing of questions between educators through out the country.

Suggestions for Improvement: Add an audio feature so the questions can be read to k-1 students. Allow teachers to search by grade level. Allow to search for assessments by specific common core standards.

Verdict: This program seems very easy to use and provides an incredible source of data for student progress. I really like the data and graphing functions.

Natasha, Math teacher/ department chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: As a high school math teacher, students struggle with fractions as 9th - 12th graders. This tools remediate as they go along with visuals and gives remediation after they answer. This is a great supplement to what I already use.

Strengths: 1). The free resources. Always a a great place to start.
2). The level of learning 3 - 8th
3). Having edmodp as a partner is wonderful. I'm going to log my kids in.
4). It read the questions to you and students can drag the components
5)

Suggestions for Improvement: 1). I wish my high school students could get in on the learning
2). I need a Personal PD
3).

Verdict: The visual resources are wonderful for fractions. I love the color usage and the opportunity to go back a reteach and use the data.

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

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Usage: I teach Technology to K-5. At our school, we are looking for ways to better prepare students for the new SBAC assessment (the new MSP). We've been looking for an online application that would allow us to create custom questions based on our students known strengths and weaknesses. This seems ideal, as I can create my own quick quizzes for any grade level, each student has their own account and it gives instant feedback. I also love that I can embed videos so the students can watch an educational video and answer comprehension questions. I feel that this is a product I could easily get a few homeroom teachers to pilot to build excitement and interest in the whole staff.

Strengths: It allows me to create custom quizzes for every grade level that I teach. It gives instant feedback, so if a class was structured in a certain way, you could teach, check for understanding, look at results with class and instantly reteach. This saves the teacher from having to grade, evaluate, and then schedule time for reteaching.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Have a text-to-speech feature (we were told this is hopefully on the way) 2. For younger students, I would allow easier log ins and picture passwords (I'm thinking of working with Kindergarten here) 3. Not sure on third, I'll need to see new interface (was told that a lot of things would be changing on website/app)

Verdict: Per the previous question, it is easily accessible and customizable, has the common core items already listed (you know the way to a teacher's heart), gives instant feedback to the teacher and student, and allows us to create our own questions. It could be used easily with small groups or whole class. The one hesitation is that we were told it works best in a 1:1 situation. At our school, we do not have 1 device per student at any grade level. This could be worked around by using stations in a workshop model, or by a class only using it when they check out the ipad cart, so it's not necessarily a deal breaker. in re: to how much would you pay, that's a tricky one. What we might feel an item is worth is not necessarily in the budget. Free is always ideal for a classroom teacher in a title I school. However, a school might find money for it if it can be tied into Literacy and Math sufficiently.

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I would use this to gain actionable data in my classroom similar to Socrative but also I would use ExitTicket as a beginning or ending activity for my students to answer questions as a pre or post-test in a lesson cycle. I would also use this to take a survey of my students. I would further use ExitTicket to get student feedback to redesign my lesson according to their needs.

Strengths: As mentioned earlier, I like how ExitTicket provides the option for teachers to share the link of a quiz/test/survey with their students via GoogleClassroom or also provides the option for students to add to the ExitTicket "class" with a class code. I also believe that this saves time for teachers to print paper and collect paper when students are taking short, quizzes and filling out exit tickets and collecting them.

Suggestions for Improvement: To be honest, because I haven't used this product in the classroom or have spent enough time, I can't imagine changing this product to make it better. So far from all of the products I've experienced, this one by far makes the most sense to cut down time for teachers and students while providing actionable data.

Verdict: I would recommend this to teachers to encourage them to use ExitTicket, especially if they have GoogleClassroom. I like how ExitTicket provides the option for teachers to share the link of a quiz/test/survey with their students via GoogleClassroom or also provides the option for students to add to the ExitTicket "class" with a class code. The awesome part about ExitTicket is that teachers can control the laptop with their iPads.

Special Education Resource Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: This seems like a great way to quickly assess students on skills that have been taught to see where they are independently.
As well as create online test, which students need practice on taking for district and state assessments (now that they are all online)
It is also a way to quickly collect data for a variety of purposes

Strengths: Overall it seems easy to use, student and teacher friendly. The data is easy to visually see and track. It could be used for quick checks as well as for longer end of unit assessements. It gives practice on taking online tests and assessments.

Suggestions for Improvement: It seems to be more geared for one to one schools, but for a school like mine, very low income without the resources for this it seems very useful still but again just more geared for one to one schools. I would like to see how it is being used in an elementary school as it seems geared for middle to high school, but it could be very useful in an elementary I just didn't see it specifically for that.

Verdict: It seems to be an easy data collection program as well as a way to view the data. It would help students practice taking online tests, and it could be used school wide to help aligne grade level tests so each teacher at a specific grade level to give the same assessments and see how all students are doing in that grade level, as well as teachers sharing the load of creating the assessments questions.

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

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Usage: I would use this to quickly assess student learning and help differentiate or reteach concepts.

Strengths: This product helps to cut down on paper load and having the teacher calculate the data of where students are. It easily marks if students have gotten a concept or not based on the teacher's quizzes and preferences. It also makes it easy to implement in multiple classes and to share quizzes so teachers can compare data/information. I also love the fact that I could send students the link to different assessments and turn my classroom completely paperless.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Allow teachers to create multiple questions and then randomly select a couple. This would help cut down on cheating or allow for students to take a quiz multiple times to show learning. 2) There are a lot of options and that can make it difficult to know where to start. Maybe have a "quick create" feature where font and size are not options.

Verdict: I would recommend this because it is a product initially created by teachers for teachers as a way to easily assess learning. Not only that, it can be easily implemented across multiple subjects and grades. The only difficulty I have with it is that students must have a device to answer questions. So if students don't have a smart phone or we don't have devices for everyone, it won't work well.

Library/Technology Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: Offer practice and assessments for daily lessons and target areas of improvement among students. Also, I can access a public database of quizzes aligned to the Common Core and share my work with others.

Strengths: Polls and assessments, as well as a non-graded option for practice tests. Quick real-time results and data for whole-class or individual intervention.

Suggestions for Improvement: The ability to make notes on the multiple choice answer options, in order to give more specific feedback to the teacher for targeting specific issues a student may be having. (For example, if a math teacher creates a quiz wherein all of the options are possible if a student missed a step in the work, a teacher would note "multiplied exponent instead of..." or "distributed x incorrectly in parenthesis.") Also, the ability to record audio answers and receive audio prompts would be helpful in early learning levels.

Verdict: Consolidation of technology for schools with mobile laptop/tablets, as it assumes the function of the clicker sets more commonly used for assessments and polls. The alignment to Common Core is well done and it has an easy interface for both students and teachers, and allows access to a public bank of quizzes that reflect the standards a teacher is searching for.

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

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Usage: I would use this product to assess what students know in a quick way. I would use it as a ticket out the door for recess with one question or I could use is as a more formal assessment by adding a few more questions to a quiz. I could get immediate feedback as to which students are taking longer to finish. Finally, it could give me data over a period of time as to how a particular student is doing on a particular standard.

Strengths: It is common core standards aligned. It gives real time feedback on student performance which could help in forming intervention groups. I like that the teacher can keep track of what the students' responses can be tracked for a period of time which can aid in setting up students with an intervention path.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if there was a way to incorporate some sort of digital grade book. Another benefit would be if you could give immediate feed back to students on their responses.

Verdict: First of all, it works in the same way a traditional ticket out the door works, but the set up on the computer allows the teacher to quickly see all the students' responses on one page instead of thirty or so different tickets. It is also aligned to Common Core State Standards.

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

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Usage: As a homework check or formative assessment. It would also be great for a warm-up to focus the class for the day. I can know what direction I need to go for the lesson either that day or the next day.

Strengths: I like the variety of ways it can be used in the classroom. I like that items can be shared and that it's easy to use on the student level.

Suggestions for Improvement: My concern would be the time spent in creating the assessments and linking it to the standards. It would be nice if their were more assessments already created that could be easily used or tweaked to be used in the classroom. It would be cool if you guys could team up with another company or invest in someone who can create the assessments. But the assessments need to be valid. Sometimes skills can assess more than one skill, so it would be nice if that could also be linked.

Verdict: Once the standards and assessments are created, the teachers can share. I would be useful to know what PD the teachers might need for a specific standard.

Technology Educator, School Type: Other, High ELL Population

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Usage: This is a great free tool for teachers to use as a classroom response system. It gives instant feedback in real time for students and teachers. It allows students to take responsibility for their own learning and enables them to be actively involved. It has a teacher management part that enables teachers to monitor their students in real-time as well.

Strengths: Gives instant feedback to teachers and students.
Free tool for teachers with options to purchase.
Interface seemed user friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: Did it have an Android App?
I would like to see a yearly cost option with discounted pricing for length of time on some of the applications.

Verdict: I like this product because it is free for teachers with options to add on paid applications. Free trials sometimes do not offer enough information for teachers to decide on purchasing a product. This way they have the free versions and can add as they deem necessary.

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

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Usage: Pretests, short quizzes for formative assessment as well as post test assessments to inform teaching as students go into the next topic.

Strengths: The ability for students to test in a group without their individual grade being posted is very helpful for class engagement. Also, being able to quickly get information about student understanding allows for appropriate and timely group and individual instruction, reteaching and planning for lesson extensions when helpful.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) comparisons between this type of assessment testing and what can be done with other types using hand held devices (I have forgotten the name of what I've used before) 2) graphs of data from tests built in 3) better visuals or choices for visuals in testing

Verdict: Student engagement with topic in testing as a group plus ability to inform my teaching practices and planning for individual students and student groups.

Special Education Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: As a Special Education Teacher, I have small classes. This seems like a tool that would be more useful for larger classes.

Strengths: The product does show student learning quickly and efficiently. I think it could save High School teachers a lot of time scoring exit tasks. Teachers could easily differentiate based on exit task answers.

Suggestions for Improvement: This program is missing the students showing their work component. As a teacher, I want to see where students make their errors. This helps to guide my instruction. Also, I don't allow cell phones in my classroom during instructional time, so I wouldn't use this program. Lastly, something that can be improved is the number of things it can do.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it would give my general education colleagues an easy way to take a pulse of student learning.

Assistant Principal, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: This program would be excellent in providing real time information to teachers regarding students' understanding of content taught. It would also provide immediate feedback to students so they would know exactly what skills need to be mastered.

Strengths: Provides opportunity for teachers to order CCSS as they relate to curriculum pacing guide.
Student information can be used to develop Individual student plans..
Can provide immediate feedback to students and to teachers..

Suggestions for Improvement: To have a yearly subscription price vs. monthly subscription price
Not certain if the apps are only iPad based.. if so would suggest that apps also be android based

Verdict: The program has a free base with option to purchase other aspects. The consultant was very informative and open to feedback and cost was very reasonable.

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

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Usage: I would use at for its intended purpose-- real time feedback "Exit Tickets" to check for student understanding at the end of class and as preassessment as a "launch"

Strengths: Saves teachers grading Assessments can be assigned to standards There is a math-type interface Easy for students to log in and test

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Make the interface less crowded/busy 2. There are a few too many drop down menus to select 3. I would obviously love more test bank content for secondary math

Verdict: I would recommend it because the underlying idea is very good--- real time student response and scoring system so I as a teacher can give immediate feedback to struggling students The interface is a little too busy. The fonts are rather small. It might be trying to do too much

Teacher And Tech Coach, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: It would be a great tool to quickly see student learning daily, and to keep a summative assessment for the year

Strengths: Quick feedback from students, easy to maneuver

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I may have missed it, but is there a way to import a list of students that you already have instead of typing in each name individually? 2. Teachers/county hate paying for things monthly. I would probably never do the services that were monthly. We need annual or one time fee, especially if we are paying with a school PO

Verdict: Seems easy to use if you have classroom technology for it. Also, free basic level

Todd, EL. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: i would use it with my small groups as an instant, ongoing assessment to monitor progress and understanding.

Strengths: Easy to use interface.
App store model.
Core apps are free.
Engages students.

Suggestions for Improvement: How could students then remediate their own concept?
Could they assign themselves a learning target based on their area of need.

Verdict: It looks like it is a bit complicated, though the tabs on the top make it easier to use. I guess I have to ask why this is better than LearnZillion, Brainpop or Nearpod.

Technology, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this as a quick informal assessment of my day to day lessons.

Strengths: It provides immediate feedback and real time student tracking.

Suggestions for Improvement: The only thing I would suggest is a version more appropriate for lower elementary.

Verdict: I would recommend for ease of use, immediate feedback, and real time tracking. As an elementary teacher, it would probably be more appropriate for upper elementary since it requires a device for each student.

Coach, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use it as an exit ticket in my class. I will share this with other teachers at my school.

Strengths: Assessments can be differentiated.
Some free apps

Suggestions for Improvement: More free apps.
Add examview

Verdict: I would recommend it because it appears to be a time saving program for teachers while still providing assessment for students. I like the differentiation piece.

Teacher, School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I think I might use it, but there are so many similar options and I'm not sure that I would pay for systems that are generally available for free.

Strengths: Visual Display
Quick implementation and analysis of results

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Create some unique aspect to market that separates this product from the rest of the field.
2. Cost management or reduction.
3. I'm not sure other than these and the other comments I've made.

Verdict: I think the visual format of exit ticket makes it attractive. Analyzing data is quick and easy based on the displays. However, similar results can be achieved with Schoology, Google forms, and Snapwiz. If this product is significantly different from these, I can't see how.

Assistant Principal, School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to give formative assessments to my students and use the information to make instructional decisions for future lessons.

Strengths: I like that the data is stored and can move with the students if necessary.
I like that this works on all types devices.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Be specific to math
2. Show specifics on how it works
3. Having a question bank available

Verdict: I was not shown anything specific enough to my content area (math) to prove how helpful it will be to me.

5th Grade Teacher

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Usage: quick informal assessments to monitor student learning

Strengths: I like that the product allows educators to create informal assessments to monitor student learning. We already do exit tickets already and we know how much of a pain it is to collect those slips of papers and then having to go through each of them checking. Exit Ticket eliminates the paperwork and grading. Not only does it intervene in real time and allows teachers to provide immediate feedback, it allows students to engage in the exit ticket. Instead of moans and groans about having to complete a "ticket out" they will be more excited to be able to pull out their smart phones or tablets to complete the exit tickets. Finally, it allows the students to see real time data. It acts like a "clicker" in class.

Suggestions for Improvement: Make it user friendly for elementary students.

Verdict: It would be extremely helpful to junior high and high school teachers. It eliminates paperwork and grading and allows us to informally test and monitor our students.

Heidi, High School Math teacher

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Usage: immediate assessments in class, during or at the end of the lesson

Strengths: very easy to use, user friendly, and very visual. I like the immediate feedback given to both students and teachers. It is good to be ale to have studnets know when they leave whether or not they are getting the topics. It is also a great way for me to figure that out wihtout the time constraints of collecting and grading each individual assignment.

Suggestions for Improvement: None that I can think of right now. It looked very good and had a way to do everything I could think of. I didn't get a chance to ask them, but I am curious as to whether or not it will handle math equations and symbols or if you can copy/paste pictures into it (as opposed to uploading them).

Verdict: It is a great way to immediately get feedback as to how the students are doing and what they are (and are not) understanding right away and without the time constraints of grading.

Science teacher

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Usage: to test for understanding

Strengths: This program would allow me to check for understanding at the end of my lessons or after an assignment/lab. I could then immediately see the results and use that data to influence how I teach that info in the future and also how I would address issues the following day. I can also export the data into a spreadsheet.

Suggestions for Improvement: So far, it does everything that I would need it to do. All my kids can access it and as long as I have a good connection, my data can be accessed immediately.

Verdict: I think this product would be good for teachers of any subject. It's easy to use and gives instant feedback to both teachers and students as to how much they are learning a particular topic. Very valuable...

Physics Teacher

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Usage: Formative assessments in class

Strengths: It is very accessible for students, assuming a 1:1 ratio in the classroom. It can be used in multiple parts of a lesson, and allows both the teacher and student to see specific comprehension issues.

It provides incredibly quick feedback for students, which is huge for students to grow. Teachers can also use this to alter instruction and review/reteach concepts.

Suggestions for Improvement: More options for question types, allowing for a wider range of subjects to make use of the product

Verdict: It is very simple to use and implement, and teachers looking to increase engagement, track student progress, and increase data driven instruction would really benefit from it.

Aaron, Teacher

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Usage: I would use this product in conjunction with iPads in my classroom

Strengths: Very clean interface, nice that it works with any web browser, no dedicated hardware needed. Provides excellent feed back to teachers about how students are learning.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great to integrated this product with the data analysis product that our school already has. Particularly if that could be done seamlessly so the results went straight in, no import export needed.

Verdict: This is a very easy to use system, I think many teachers would be able to use it how have difficulty in using other types of response systems.

KC, 9th grade Biology teacher

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Usage: I do not use this product but a very similar product. Fo all form of assessments

Strengths: Individualized, gives information directly to students as well as teachers. Teacher controlled. Flexibility. Streamlined to make use easier.

Suggestions for Improvement: Needs instruction tied to the assessment. The student is ready to learn the missed question and that opportunity gets lost. Second students need to be allowed to retry wrong answers immedietly.

Verdict: It is a very powerful tool for assessment. Lets students work on individual questions and at own pace.

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