Product Index
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.
Sep 13, 2014

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Usage: I would like to bring very focused PDs into my school site to demonstrate to reluctant teachers how to use games in the classroom. Specifically I want to spread the love on Minecraft Edu. PDs are often way way too general, and it seems that the PDs they offer are tailored specifically to the needs of the school/teachers.

Strengths: I love the collected lesson plans and easy searchability of the site. There are millions of ideas out there, but the search features really hones down to what I'm looking for. I'm more interested in the PD. It seems that they take a significant amount of time getting information from the school to provide explicit training.

Suggestions for Improvement: Perhaps an online training module that overlays the game you are playing.

Verdict: Every teacher I talk to would love to use technology more. Sites and apps are easy for teachers to try out on their own. Games, however, take much more time to explore and get familiar with. I would say that if you truly want your teachers to use cutting edge games, these guys are the ones to bring us there immediately.

Instructional Coach, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices
Sep 13, 2014

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Usage: To create backpacks and share lessons and resources with teachers I coach.

Strengths: Links teaching goals with games and creative ways to teach standards. Allows teachers to organize, collect, and share resources with others. Engages students in fun ways to learn skills and content.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Searchable by Common Core Standard 2) User ratings 3) Align with Bloom's or DOK

Verdict: This is a good way to vet lessons and resources and share them among subject-level or grade-level teams to encourage collaboration and discussion.

teresa, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Sep 13, 2014

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Usage: Well, when i approached the two salesmen and asked them to show me what they were offering they seemed to not want to get onto the computer to start a demo or anything. They insisted i get on....but they offered no support. i attempted to get on to a battleship style math game and i couldn't. the young man came to help me and scrolled down looking aimlessly for something. then he said it was a brain pop game. ok the computer he was using didn't have adobe....so he couldn't open it on his either....learned nothing apparently not user friendly for the average computer user

Strengths: There was nothing i liked about this product. if i had someone to help me more i might have found something i liked....i'll never know now unfortunately

Suggestions for Improvement: new salesmen that are more helpful and willing to guide potential customers if they need it. use salesman that have a thorough knowledge base of the product.

Verdict: this program didn't seem user friendly to me....it may work for intemediate and up but i teach 4th graders and if i couldn't get on....they probably won't be able to either. May i suggest hiring more helpful salesmen?

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Sep 13, 2014

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Usage: I would use it in my class

Strengths: Its easy to use and keeps you in the study mood with the students. Its very easy to set up a lesson plan and all your kids can get the same lesson with one click

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't know if i would change anything but it would have to be cost effective for the school. I like that the lessons are set up for you and that you can keep tract of your students progress. You can also communicate with them all

Verdict: It is a useful tool that can help you with lesson plans and saves tian

Principal, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, 1:1 Devices
Sep 13, 2014

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Usage: I would use it to support curriculum design and also for PD. I like the fact that they have online training and that the emphasis is on encouraging students to create, explore and innovate.

Strengths: It solves the problem of students being passive receptors of knowledge and makes them active participants in their own learning.

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't know enough about it to comment on this.

Verdict: I think that it encourages innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. These are the tools that I think students need to be successful in life.

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