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Teacher Needs
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.
Tracy, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. School Type: High School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: This is a fantastic feedback tool especially for teachers of languages as it allows both teachers and students to quickly and easily record audio comments. The integration of Google docs would also be great for students completing group work so they can alter work right away or comment on each others work and conduct meaningful peer feedback. The video feedback tool would be very helpful as well...so many great possible uses.

Strengths: Really easy to use audio comments for both teachers and students. The ability for students to add work where specific areas for improvement can be highlighted and commented on is very powerful. The ability for teachers to create and attach lessons for common feedback will save teachers time but make the feedback meaningful.

Suggestions for Improvement: Integration with OneDrive/Office 365.

The ability to create classes that would have sub-groups for various projects so it wouldn't have to be a continuous stream.

The ability to have the app or a mobile device get/share info from other apps like the camera roll photos and videos so it can be part of the conversation stream on Kaizena.

Have the app available on other platforms.

Verdict: Powerful descriptive feedback tool that is easy to use for both teachers and students. The ability to provide audio comments quickly and easily is a huge selling feature.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: i would use it to provide meaningful and timely feedback to my students

Strengths: time no longer becomes a constraint. i can see where each child needs help, provide the feedback and resources needed to improve. student is guaranteed privacy while receiving the feedback and is able to work in the edits without having to redo his/her complete work. ongoing timely feedback at its best.

Suggestions for Improvement: i have not yet used it for me to really recommend any changes/improvements. hope there is help for those of us who encounter any difficulties when using this program

Verdict: as a teacher with over 25 students in my classroom, i find it very difficult to provide one-on-one feedback to my students on their formal writing assignments. this would allow me to conference with a student at any time. the student could receive ongoing feedback so that he or she may edit their work as needed without having to wait to complete the assignment, submit and then receive feedback. all edits then would be chunked in manageable pieces! cuts frustration for both teacher and student

Sandra, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices
Oct 3, 2015

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Usage: I use this product to provide feedback to my students on their Google docs. This is especially useful with my spec Ed kids who have more challenges with reading. Being able to speak out feedback and questions to the teachers is enormously helpful.

Strengths: It's free. It's easy to use and it's linked o all the types of documents I use most often.

Suggestions for Improvement: Improve the GAFE addon so that it has all the features of web tool since everything is housed on drive anyways.
Include a mobile app for iOS and android. Create a matrix or spreadsheet to house all comments by subject and student to allow teachers to analyze data for repirt cards

Verdict: The benefit of being able to be seamlessly integrated with Google docs and give voice to spec Ed students for commenting features increases collaboration and empowers students to have voice. They build confidence and dialogue between students grows.

Fsl Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, BYOD Devices
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use it for my French classes. Proofreading written work and using it for peer-editing, as well as giving descriptive feedback. Gives me the opportunity to link explanations to parts of the student's or group's work so they know how it can be fixed.

Strengths: - easy feedback for teachers
- collaboration between students
- able to track the feedback to see if student's have made changes that came from the feedback
- self-regulation. - information to improve on work is available to students, their choice to continue improving their work.

Suggestions for Improvement: Ability to turn off group discussions for a particular class if the period is over.
Have the option to turn off group chats, or have some way of monitoring group chats. THis will help teachers watch out for cyberbullying or ensure that students are staying on task.

Verdict: From what I've seen, it seems to be easy to use and with GAFE, it can be set up very quickly. All students can be automatically imported into the system and students can access their work that's saved on Google drive.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use it in my French classroom where the new curriculum focuses much more on oral language. Being able to record verbal responses and provide feeback would benefit the students. Students can also provide each other with feedback as well. I might start with one page where all students record their work and use that as benchmark.

Strengths: Can use in any curriculum area that requires oral communication. Works in real time. Both teachers and students can record audio.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see lessons organized other than by time. I would like to see a search engine to seach by keywords. Some organization of files to allow for sorting by subjects.

Verdict: Real time feedback that can be recorded and not just written. Online database of all lessons that students can refer back to. Students can simultaneously view one lesson at same time and collaborate. Allows for links to external sites. So far, can embed Youtube directly into lesson.

tony, Frneh Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: i would use it with my oldest students , i.e grade 8 french class (I teach grades 1-8)

Strengths: it can be a time saver, particularly if I were a high school English teacher that needs to write extensive comments.

Suggestions for Improvement: make it available to those not using google accounts.
as a french teach of elementary kids, it might not save me that much time if my feedback is typically quite brief.

Verdict: it's free and it's all about feedback which is essential for student developemtn

Shugunan, Tdsb. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School
Oct 3, 2015

full starno starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: I haven't tried this product so am not sure how it would work with my visual class, but I would like to try it for feedback and post links of creative sites, youtube videos that they could use as they are working on projects.

Strengths: I like that this product alows you to comment on students along the way and you can post ideas or short video's, links to other sites to keep them going.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish that it could be more visual for students. From what I have seen, it looks like it would be great for an english class, but not too sure how it would work for an arts type of class. If it had window to use like adobe photoshop along the other products,that would be worth investigating .

Verdict: If it helps the students learn more or help them when they are on their own, i would recommend this .

Janny, Teacher. School Type: High School
Oct 3, 2015

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Usage: I would use this to perform a variety of tasks including but limited to assessment (of, for, as), tracking, descriptive feedback, etc. Specifically, I would use this produce to evaluate and provide feedback for student work such as essays, writing, scaffolded assignments, etc.

Strengths: The product solves the main problem of providing genunine feedback to students in an engaging, effective and user friendly manner. The nature of the product encourages students to actually access and apply the descripGive feedback from teachers in their learning.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) I would make it a part of our secure board networks/approved applications to ensure security

And nothing to else to be honest!

Verdict: - time saving
- user friendly
- student engagement
- application of descriptive feedback
- eco friendly
- compatible with GAPPS (which my board has already adaptwd

Tech Integrator, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: I use Kaizena to encourage students to collaborate on docs using voice comments.

Strengths: It solves the problem of students being afraid to express themselves through writing and having other students see it.

Suggestions for Improvement: It can sometimes be buggy. I would like to see it work more consistently in order to reduce frustration and increase confidence in the tool.

Verdict: It's great for students who struggle with writing literacy and who can express themselves verbally well. Students are more likely to express themselves if they can create voice comments.

Gabrielle, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School
Oct 3, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: I'm still learning it myself.
It seems ideal for a primary French immersion classroom specifically with the newer curriculum changes ( i.e. CEFR initiative which stresses the oral and aural skill set . )

Strengths: Solves the "feedback" comprehension component for second language and visual learners.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Easier and faster set up
2. Kid friendly - for primary
3. Cleaner simpler interface

Verdict: Early French Immersion - Feed back initiative stresses the CEFR model putting oral and aural feedback first in the younger grades.

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