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Maggie, Math Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Jan 29, 2017

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Usage: Since I have been able to use a Laptop cart in my class for majority of this past semester, I have seen first hand how powerful it is to provide each student with the ability to log-in daily to create a variety of presentations, research several financial concepts, as well as complete multi-media modules available only through online access. Although these laptops have afforded my HS seniors with a plethora of opportunities to research, investigate, and create dynamic products to demonstrate their learning, it also leaves room for them to use these online devices in more distracting ways that cause some issues in classroom management, as well as security in quiz/test administration.

I believe that this NovoAssurED Collaboration Bundle will provide the security features needed for me (as the teacher) to monitor the use of each student's laptop screen (from a teacher's master screen) and lock/block any student who has been "wandering" onto other websites that are not part of the current task that they should be focused on. During test/quiz time, I would also use this security feature for students' devices to only be in "test mode" while they access their online response system and not be able to go to different websites to look-up answers, or save pictures of test questions.
I especially like that this NovoAssureEd wireless platforms works with any BYOD that students, teachers, or districts may be utilizing, thereby allowing each person with full capabilities to wirelessly share and collaborate within the same classroom without being limited by the different device they brought or prefer to use.

Strengths: As mentioned before, this product will allow the teacher to reclaim classroom management control over students that are all working on different devices/screens, and quite possibly on different tasks when they are involved in a BYOD classroom structure and allowed to explore/complete individual education pathways simultaneously. It will also provide the test/quiz security needed when teachers need to limit what students are able to "access online" when submitting their assessment responses.

As for collaboration, this product will enhance the speed and context of what we can efficiently showcase to one another (in an instant) since this product allows teachers to display (on front of board) a whole or "split screen" of what different student teams have produced (in terms of a worked-out answer) for a particular math problem or scenario...or simply show (in live-time), 4 different ways that students are solving/representing the same (or different) math problems on the same screen.
The idea that this collaboration could take place simultaneously within a flip of a switch is amazing and continues to help students to stay accountable for what they are doing on their devices each minute of the class period...as it may be displayed for all others to see at any moment.
Also, from what I understand...the hardware provided will also act as a "hot-spot" for the classroom devices if the school's wifi signal seems to be lacking, which currently happens more often than not.

Suggestions for Improvement: Since I have not had a chance to try out this product in my classroom with all 150 of my seniors, I'm not completely qualified to assess any areas that need improvements or require trouble-shooting at this moment.
But, speaking from someone who has tried to integrate several online components throughout the last year, a major stumbling block is when the school's "online connectivity" is either slow, or not working altogether from both personal devices that students bring, and/or the class set of laptops that the district provided (for temporary use in different teacher classrooms).
Also, if this is not already a feature provided on the hardware equipment, I would want the system to track each of my students:
1)"log-ins" when working (both individually & as a team) in-class within this NovoAssurED device
2) total duration of log-in time (for day/week/month/semester?)
3) history of websites visited (and time spent at each?)
4) total number of times a teacher had to "lock/block" a student's device in accessing "off-task web pages"...and generate a progressive "warning email" to teacher/student/parent/admin, when amount of "website locks" have reached a certain threshold (set by teacher) and are not being improved upon by student's own self-discipline and/or informal warnings from teacher.

Having this total time logged-in during class sessions would provide teachers with the actionable data needed to track overall "time on-task" and participation points accrued (if teacher desires to give). It also helps teachers a chance to coach students in how to better monitor their time spent online so that students could be more efficient (self-disciplined) with where/how they spend their time online to complete a task. This tracked info would be a great talking point for parents to see as well, so that they too can be aware of what their student is doing (or not doing) in class each day.

The only other limiting feature I currently would want improvement on is the ability to connect more than 64 devices during a "class session"...so that we can possibly have 4 classes of math students involved in the same collaboration lesson/quiz/poll/competition/etc. Most of our classes have between 35-42 students in them...so we couldn't even put 2 classes together with the current limitation of 64 devices (unless we had students pair up in teams...which is possible, but I don't want that to be our "only option").

Verdict: I would recommend to our admin that we absolutely need this product to protect the online test security that we have already seen compromised by the premature roll out of "district benchmark exams" that they are trying to administer online (much like the Common Core state tests now) and have already experienced several issues with students being able to access other sites while they are supposed to be in "test mode" only.
Also, since our school has been getting more and more wireless upgrades each year (with the most recent wifi hubs adding much more connectivity to our newest math building), I would advocate how well this NovoAssurED platform would enhance that wifi hotspot with the full collaboration & tech management features that are needed when teachers are using a blended learning structure (which is currently being launched in our district, and hoped to be rolled out to more schools in the next few years).

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Dec 3, 2016

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: This seems like a great way to show student work. As a math teacher, the ability to show multiple student work at the same time seems invaluable. I'm very excited about the possibilities this product provides.

Strengths: Shows student work to the class. I think this is tremendous and so so valuable to be able to quickly show positive and negative examples of real work allows students to change thier thinking in real time and enhance thier learning.

Suggestions for Improvement: A cycle program that just showed all logged in devices changing at set intervals so that accountability could be baked in when not needing to show specific screens

Verdict: If all devices are similar, is this program as effective? I don't know hte answer to this and would love evidence to support this.

Ivette, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Jan 28, 2017

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use this in my classroom so that I can monitor of what my students are looking at while they are in my classroom. I would like to have resources available for them while they are working and then I would like to give them feedback right away.

Strengths: It allows the teacher the ability to monitor all the students while they are on their classroom.it also allows for the students not to be off task.
It allows students to be locked in to the system and not get distracted.
The fact that the teacher can so distant check in with the student progress.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Automatically connect to the system so students don't log off. We would have to consist sly check to see
2. We as teacher would not be able to monitor all the stuff their are looking up.
3.Need to be in the app in order for it to work.
It's presentational software.

Verdict: This would be a way to monitor the students learning and research. It's easy to lock the devises so students to stay on task.
It would allow teachers more control management of the things they are doing.

Fernando, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Blended Learning
Jan 28, 2017

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use it for presentations and other professions developments with teachers. In my classroom, I would use it to present the content with my students.

Strengths: I love the tools and the monitoring of my students only by looking at the screen.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would include a complete device monitoring component to track my students. I would love if students are able to self guide each other. Perhaps change admin. Last I would want this to be done in a friendly user interface.

Verdict: I love the ease of use and controlling what students are working on. I also love the tools that are available when you buy this product.

Michelle, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Jan 28, 2017

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: It is a presentation software that also allows for viewing and sharing student collaboration.

Strengths: Love the ability to view student work and project. And the ability to show multiple at a time for comparison

Suggestions for Improvement: Need to be able to monitor even when they are not in the app. Need a way to view who disconnected easier. Need a way to force their chrome books to auto connect even when not using app.

Verdict: It is costly.

Teacher/Tech Support, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
Jan 28, 2017

full starfull starfull starno starno star Neutral

Usage: I would use it to push out specific videos and worksheets I'd like students to see/complete.

Strengths: Getting students' attention to focus away from chrome books and pay attention to me.

Suggestions for Improvement: Show my screen on theirs; stream video or force their screen to see a web page or video; pull up control of their screens to help them out from my device.

Verdict: I'd like the product to allow me to view where the students are on my screen. There may be this feature, but I didn't see it. I noted that I could lock screens so students can pay attention to my projector screen. I like that!

Volunteer, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School
Dec 3, 2016

full starfull starfull starno starno star Neutral

Usage: Share screens while instructing several students to display examples

Strengths: Nice easy appliance. Quick setup and use. Nice collaborative tool

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be nice if it allowed for remote assistance of displayed systems. It seems like something that could also be offered as a software only option. Most systems already have computers connected to their displays. You should be able to make that computer the master and display guests on it.

Verdict: Needs to have a software only solution. Should als be able to offer remote assist.

Student, School Type: High School, Project Based School
Dec 3, 2016

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: Too generic very many other things like it

Strengths: Very helpful product for teachers to use and is very useful. Feature loaded and plenty to try out and use.

Suggestions for Improvement: (1) It is very generic there are so many other things like this that are way more developed and easier to use (2) this product is very expensive for how undeveloped it is (3) Slow it is very glitchy and is slow processing

Verdict: There are so many similar options that are cheaper.

Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School
Dec 3, 2016

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: I would use this when teaching coding in the library

Strengths: I like the way you can have 4 different student devices showing their work and that the software works across different platforms

Suggestions for Improvement: Cost may be a factor
I am wondering about the need for expensive hardware--can it be done based on software only?
How many classrooms can use the device

Verdict: I would most likely not recommend this because of the initial cost of the hardware

Science Facilitator, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Jan 28, 2017

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: Not enough control over students devices

Strengths: It has great potential for classrooms with lots of technology

Suggestions for Improvement: Controlling devices would be helpful. It's also quite expensive a device to do basically what Remote Desktop does. For the incredible cost it seems like it should do more than the $80 Remote Desktop app

Verdict: Controlling student activity online is pretty important

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