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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.
Nwakaego, 3rd Grade Teachet. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I would use it to engage students in real-world news articles at the same time they're beefing up their reading and comprehension skills. I'd use it as part of small groups rotations: while I'm working with a group on specific reading skills, this is one activity that the other students may do.

Strengths: This product gives kids the extra reading and comprehension practice that they need. The lesson plans generated are fantastic time savers and the fact that standards are listed for the assessments is just wonderful. I also love how interactive and colorful the site.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would add more comprehension questions. I would also have the assessment questions include more of a variety of complexity (Bloom's Taxonomy and DOK). I'm not sure how beneficial it is to have the kids draw responses, at least for the middle and upper elementary grades. Overall, I really liked the look and interactivity of this product; there isn't a whole lot if change.

Verdict: I would recommend this because of the lesson plans that are generated each day and the new articles that come each day. I would also recommend this product because there are a variety of activities that students can do, like drawing a response, watching a slideshow (for those who need the pictures to go with the article), and then the comprehension questions that are rated/graded at the end. It's also really awesome that the articles are differentiated by student reading levels.

Courtney, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
Jul 12, 2015

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Usage: I would use this as a supplement for Social Studies lessons and current events. I would also use it to reinforce skills during small group ELA lessons. This would come in handy for our Non-Fiction unit.

Strengths: This is a great site. It shows real world and current pictures, gives information about current events, reaches students of all ages, and allows for the teacher to differentiate based on the needs of the students.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I would improve the way the questions are answered. Perhaps allowing for all questions to be answered at a given point to better encourage students to question.

2. I would allow for a more interactive assessment that is not just question and answer as that would be more engaging for younger students.

3. I would encourage posting more than M-F as students would enjoy being able to get current events at home over the weekend.

Verdict: It is a cross-curricular and engaging site that allows for all ages and reading levels to read and interpret current events around the world. It is a great tool to teach and to support.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, 1:1 Devices
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I would use it as a way to engage students at the beginning of the day and get excited about current news in a kid friendly way.

Strengths: I love that this app is daily news for kids. It is current news that the children might be interested in and is differentiated for all students. It gives teachers assessments that are targeted for all learners and even provides teachers with lesson plans on how to use it. I love that it is multi-lingual and is provided in English and Spanish! The read to me feature is even more outstanding! For kids who can't access the text, having it heard is a great way for them to still continue learning in the classroom.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see it also include Kinder! But I love that it's 1-5 focused! There are so many programs that are MS or HS focused, but not enough news for elementary!

Verdict: I would definitely recommend this tool. It has so many options and is a safe way for teachers to introduce current news to the classroom. I love the features it has!

School Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices
Jul 12, 2015

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Usage: I would use it as a hook for some of my lesson. I would also share it with teachers and they could possibly use it during morning meeting to get students excited. It could also be use during centers and as a reward.

Strengths: Strengths are that it is very visually appealing and students would definitely stop to look at the product. 2. I love the fact a teacher can create their own questions. 3. I love that the Spanish seems high quality.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Have an archive where teachers can search articles. 2. if it was web based or somehow could also be used on the computer (downloaded directly) it would make it easier to connect to the smart board for most teachers. 3. Once articles are archived is their a way to have them leveled by the Fauntas and Pinnell levels?

Verdict: I would point out the strength of the product such as it exposes student to current events and gets them excited about reading. It is also offered in Spanish which is a huge plus for a dual language school like mine.

K Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I would use it as a replacement for my scholastic magazine. I teacher kindergarten, I would purchase 1 license and use it for whole group (with my ipad and projector). I would use it once a week or twice a month.

Strengths: I love that they offered for me to purchase only one license. As a kindergarten teacher, my students aren't reading yet. I can use it for whole group instruction. As a prior third grade teacher, this replace the outdated scholastic magazine. I also love that I can send the article out to my students at various reading levels for the same content. I also like there is a 30 day free trial.

Suggestions for Improvement: Price isn't too bad. If it was the same price as scholastic, I would purchase it. It's about $20-30 different... so this may be an issue for some teachers.

Verdict: I love how current it is. The demo showed news articles on things that are happening right now! There is differentiation for different reading level for the same content.

Head Of School, School Type: Elementary School, Project Based School
Sep 12, 2015

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Usage: I would provide it as an option for students to read during our "Core Skills time".

Strengths: The strengths of this product are
- They have articles that are written with kids in mind.
- They cover recent events.
- They make it engaging for kids.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would allow kids to share articles that they like with each other. It would be very helpful if they could have a "public" board where they can save articles that they like that other kids they discover. IN a way they curate content for their peers.

Verdict: I would recommend we get this product because It is kid friendly. It is made with kids in mind from the level of reading (that you can adapt) to the design and topics that are chose. I love that the content highlights what are other kids are doing. I would also recommend it because students have a way to save articles they like.

Media Specialist, School Type: High School
May 7, 2016

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Usage: This program updates everyday with current news around the world. It is in a kid-friendly platform. I would use it every morning and have the students vote on a news story of the day.

Strengths: I'm impressed because it is visually appealing. The articles have great photographs. It incorporates geography so that students get a sense of where they are reading about. It also allows students to give feedback in the form of questions.

Suggestions for Improvement: From what I saw in the deep dive. The only thing I would improve is that you should be able to search for certain topics. So students can go back to old news for research.

Verdict: I would recommend it for all grade levels. It is kid friendly. The articles are presented in 3 reading levels. This allows for differentiation.

Counselor, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: to teach reading to ell's and struggling readers

Strengths: It covers multidisciplinary subjects such as social studies, reading and Spanish/English . It allows students to get engaged in the reading and at the same time learn facts such as geography and other details about the area where the event happens. For example the reading about Afghanistan will show them the map of the country and they can see where they are (USA). This allows them to think about distances.

Suggestions for Improvement: None for now. As I get to use it with students I will check what improvements could be made. Depending on students results on their understanding, interpretation, and uses, I can determine what needs to be changed

Verdict: It will be cost efficient as all students can use it in all the classrooms

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population, Blended Learning
May 7, 2016

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Usage: In my classroom. Student will have the ability to explore and be able to communicate with others. I believe this program will keep them motivated.

Strengths: This program will engage my students with informational text and reinforce critical thinking skills.

Suggestions for Improvement: I need to know more about this product since the 10 minutes preview was not enough for me to view the program.
I don't have an opinion at this time until I actually exposed to this program. I mean " hands on"

Verdict: As I was reviewing this product, I think this program will students to ask questions and write comments to people around the the world and get to know other cultures. They will think " outside the box" As a teacher it will give the support that I need to target reading .

Erica, 1st Grade Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
May 7, 2016

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Usage: I would use this product for Social Studies. Thus product provides teachers with five current events per day.

Strengths: The students can easily define vocabulary words. The students are able to see where the story takes place on an actual map. This product can be access online via computer, tablet, or phone. The article can be read aloud to students from the website.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish this product provided more than five articles per day. I would like to have a feature where articles are sent to students weekly automatically.

Verdict: I would suggest this product because it exposes students to informational text. The articles expose readers to various subjects and current events.

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