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

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Usage: Create group discussions for my students during my small group reading rotation. I can Students reading materials and they can have discussions in and outside of class, and I can also be part of those discussions.

Strengths: The fact that I am a teacher can be part of the discussion is an awesome thing. You can add questions or have students create their own.

Suggestions for Improvement: Hopefully they will soon have tools that will recommend books based on lexile levels to make it easier for students of different reading levels to use them.

Verdict: With small groups and independent reading groups, tea are not usually part of the students discussion, but this tool will enable the teachers to see what the students are talk about and help to guide, refocus and moderate the discussion.

Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This looks like an excellent resource for my teachers to use with their guided reading groups or whole class literature readings.

Strengths: The product looks good and very professional. I like the ability it gives teachers to select pre-created questions and modify them, and base them on specific standards. That's powerful.

Suggestions for Improvement: Add the ability to share questions with other teachers.
It would nice to have a database of other teacher-created questions.
Make it compatible for districts to downloaad student information so you don't have to do it yourself.

Verdict: This is a fantastic idea, and appears to offer lots of versatile features. I especially like the links to standards. However, the product is still in its infancy. If it survives its birthing pains it looks to be a powerful resource.

Dlc, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: Our district already has an LMS that could essentially do the same thing as this product. It does provide additional basic CCSS questions, but other than that I don't see how it does anything that our, or many LMS's can do.

Strengths: This product does provide a little more kid friendly visual environment than other LMS's

Suggestions for Improvement: Our district already has an LMS that could essentially do the same thing as this product. It does provide additional basic CCSS questions, but other than that I don't see how it does anything that our, or many LMS's can do.

Verdict: Our district already has an LMS that could essentially do the same thing as this product. It does provide additional basic CCSS questions, but other than that I don't see how it does anything that our, or many LMS's can do.

Paraeducator, School Type: High School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I would use this program for the student group that I am working with to engage them in reading and to increase their comprehension.

Strengths: The ability for students to take interest in their reading is important. They don't have to feel as if we are telling them what to read. It gives the teachers the ability to track progess of their reading skills.

If srudents are not progressing they can be reminded that they chose the book and that they can also change their selection and get feedback and suggestions from peers.

This is something that they do with social media so it can be presented as an extension of those skills.

Suggestions for Improvement: I don't have any improvements to not at this time as I believe ot will work for our students as explained and seen at the demo.

Verdict: My school currently is struggling to engage all students in SSR due to not having books of interest or their reading levels. By having their own book shelves would allow them to take responsibility for choosing books and following through on reading them.

Having the ability to provide guide questions is also beneficial as that too is a way for student s to fall along the wayside because they get or feel "stuck". I am excited to present this information to the teachers so that all of the students can benefit and have ownwership of their libraries.

Teacher, School Type: Other, Blended Learning

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Usage: All students, different levels - encourage to experience reading, comprehension, etc.

Strengths: This product promotes active reading by encouraging students to annotate the text they are reading. I like that I can create assignments online and then track progress. The data would be useful to help update IEP goals and determine areas of strenght/weakness.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be hard to determine weaknesses until I have actively used the product.

Verdict: It would allow differentiation in reading instruction. I imagine using the program to supplement reading comprehension lessons, and to keep those students who finish first from having any wasted time. All above , and - for staff development

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

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Usage: Help with reading logs and book clubs

Strengths: There is a wide variety of uses to help students keep track of their reading and help facilitate collaborative book clubs and keeps them accountable and engaged

Suggestions for Improvement: Have a way to limit recommendation of books to what's in teacher or school library or keep track of books in teacher library

Verdict: Helps with student accountability and reporting of student progress and would save me time in helping with better student feedback

Ell Specialist, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use this product with my ELL groups 3rd-6th grades. Students could use it to record their reading logs.

Strengths: I like that teachers can create activities such as the puzzles. On the dashboard, there are book groups, discussion questions, and ways to embed vocab. words.

Students are able to create book lists and write book reviews.

The reports on student progress looks useful.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see books leveled or grade recommendations to help ELLs identify books.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it has sentence starters for students having a difficult time beginning their book reviews. Teachers can choose the CCSS standards to create their own questions. There is a grading feature.

Student, School Type: High School, Project Based School

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Usage: This product seems like a great idea but I don't think it is a good product for students older than 7th grade. Because of the of the way it is set up the students wouldn't really try and it just seems that his product would be best suited for a younger student body.

Strengths: the hands on concept and the live discussions are great and kids will think the games are fun.

Suggestions for Improvement: wake it more useable for older audiences and deeper reaing questions

Verdict: this would be a good program for students who fell behind in reading or who need work on reading comprehention.

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

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Usage: I would use it as part of book clubs. This will help ensure that students are actively engaged in their learning

Strengths: I like the fact that they actually read a book but then answer the questions associated with the book online.

Suggestions for Improvement: As I haven't actually used the learning platform, it's hard to say what I would want to change.

Verdict: The program is currently free. In the next school year they are going to add a premium membership that you would have to pay for but it still seems to be a great value.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I would like to use it with independent and literature circle reading...having students interact with one another about what they are reading.

Strengths: The amount of novels is very diverse. I like that students can suggest books to friends and create a reading list and log.

Suggestions for Improvement: I really like it as it is. Maybe a way for teachers to join in to the student conversation--it may have that, I wasn't able to check it all out.

Verdict: I like the flexibility and the fact that the novel selection is so current.

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