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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.
Laura, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: This seems like a great way to keep track of points, rewards, parent contacts, and general behavior. It is much more customized towards secondary teachers, which is so nice because we need programs that fit our kids. My team and I could easily keep track of positive behavior from class to class and help students see their progress towards rewards.

Strengths: This product makes it really easy to give positive points to students for specific behaviors, and track them across classes. My students travel to four or five different teachers every day, so having a place to keep comments where all teachers and administrators have access to them would streamline a lot of our reward process/system. Also, the weekly printout for students is neat, easy to understand, and helpful for students in tracking their own progress towards behavior goals.

Suggestions for Improvement: Add a category for office referrals. It doesn't have to go to the principal, but that data is really important. Also, perhaps a place for teachers or admin to comment on what the outcome of the referral is (phone call, ISS, etc)
Allow teachers to add comments later. It can be really difficult to add comments in the moment when there are 35 kids staring at you.
Integrated attendance codes might help, particularly when looking at a weekly report of the student, it's helpful to know if they are leaving early from school or tardy to their classes.

Verdict: It keeps data on students that often gets lost between classes and teachers. It allows administrators to print reports for parents, students, and even the discipline board to see positive behaviors, comments, phone calls, office referrals, etc. Plus, points can be added based on behavior, giving us way more information than just number of tickets.

Darren, Numeracy Coach. School Type: Elementary School, Project Based School
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: The would be a great behavior incentive for students throughout the school

Strengths: It takes away the hassle of keep up with all the paper tickets that we call (bear bucks) and gives parents a report on their particular student throughout the year.

Suggestions for Improvement: Make the reports where they could be emailed directly to parents.
Make the templates where they could be customized
Make more affordable

Verdict: The system it totally automated and would eliminate the use of paper ticket incentives and it keep track of how a students behavior has been throughout the school year.

Brian, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: Teachers across my grade band, junior high, would use this to record and reward student behaviors. This goes way beyond keeping track of students on a piece of paper and then comparing, as teachers can share student behavior live. It all teaches real-world concepts, as they are rewarded with $$$$.

Strengths: Easy tracking, rewards, stores, keeps comprehensive results.

Suggestions for Improvement: From what I can see, there are none at this point, until I can get under the hood.

Verdict: I recommend it as it keeps track of behavior for you. Once its there, it's there. Parents can see more than just a grade, but can receive a weekly update of the progress that their child is making.

It saves time!

Director Of Instructional Technology, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: Use it for positive behavior management with students in schools where there are teams

Strengths: Points (positive point behavior system)
I like the ease of use to deduct points from the student bank account

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like a parent portal (login rather than print only for reports).
It would be nice to have ideas to use as rewards.
I don't have a third recommendation.

Verdict: I like the idea of students gaining points across multiple classes. I also like the idea of using the application to "charge" students for the activities. (rather than counting out the tickets or dollars).

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: I would use this to track behavior tracking for my class and the students I share with another teacher. Students can work up to incentives and reports can be sent home weekly.

Strengths: It is teacher friendly and teachers can customize it to their classroom needs.

Suggestions for Improvement: Student avatars similar to class dojo.
Points can be used to buy accessories or for their avatar (sunglasses...)
Report sent to parents instead of paper report.

Verdict: Teachers can share students and have an ongoing daily report for each student.

Allison, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: I would use it to build my team so that we are more cohesive.

Strengths: Students would be better behaved if they knew their parents were being informed. This would allow less interruptions and more teaching.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would need to play with it. Right now it seems awesome!

Verdict: It's easy to use, and multi faceted. I like the parent component so that they get a "behavioral report."

Sheila, Isaac Litton Middle. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: I like the way you can track their behavior digitally.

Strengths: The accessibility is cool, instead of paper demerits, which is hard to keep track.

Suggestions for Improvement: It's free, accessibility, paycheck, team efforts.

Verdict: I like you can track digitally, paycheck is a reward system, count amounts.

Ela Teacher, School Type: Middle School, BYOD Devices
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: To provide behavior management for our 6-8 middle school.

Strengths: Only behavior program
PowerSchool compatible

Suggestions for Improvement: Cost $89 per teacher
Seems like it might take time to enter student behaviors

Verdict: We desperately need a behavior system.

Sped, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: Daily tracking of behavior and successes

Strengths: Great feedback for teachers and students

Suggestions for Improvement: Tied to a device at all times?

Verdict: Great reports available to track what kids are being targeted by teachers

Teacher, School Type: Middle School
Apr 15, 2014

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Usage: Behavior tracking for a team (middle school) were students change classes but teachers could know how students are behaving in the whole day.

Strengths: I really liked the look of the program. The friendly usability of the site. How you can quickly and efficiently reward student behavior or track student misbehavior and add comments.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I wish the product was less expensive.
2. I do wish it was a little more visually dynamic and fun.

Verdict: Recommend: It is is a more mature version than Class Dojo
Against: Expensive, we have a small school so spending $70-$90 per teacher for this program would make me consider other free alternatives instead, even if they did not have as many features.

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