Product Index
Teacher Needs
Categories: Lesson Planning and Assessment
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.
School Programs Coordinator, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use OpenEd as a way to supplement and support the curriculum. Students have access to videos and games, as well as formative assessments to see their progress. This is true differentiated instruction.

Strengths: I like the versatility of this product. There are videos, games and assessments in multiple subjects. Students can be assigned lessons through Google Classroom. Teachers can keep track of the progress of their students. This is great for differentiated instruction.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would allow teachers to be able to see and track student results in google classroom.
I would like to see differentiated instruction for English learners.
I would like to see differentiated instruction for special education students.

Verdict: This looks like a great intervention tool! There are so many levels in one classroom and this would really level the playing field by offering instruction at student's level and formative assessments.

Tech Integration Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School

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Usage: I would present this at a staff meeting or on a teacher collaboration day where I can show how much time this would save teachers with their lesson planning including homework.

Strengths: The highlight was the data page where the teacher can see what the student needed help with and the teacher could select which video would be helpful for the student to view. The best part was the curating being done by educators to save us the time. Also, it is free!

Suggestions for Improvement: From what I saw, I did not see anything that needed to be changed. However, when I do get a chance to use it, I would be able to give better feedback.

Verdict: Anything that saves teachers money and time is something I would recommend. The curating that is done already for the teachers is a huge plus. I liked the feature where a video or game is shown to help the student if they did not understand the concept.

Daniel, Math teacher 6 and 8. School Type: Middle School, Project Based School, College Prep School

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Usage: Because it has all of the common core it will be easier to use for everyone. All I have to do is just pick and click and assign the students. This will also help me to assess whether the student is in need of help or if they get the concept.

Strengths: I love that there is so much stuff I do not have to do. The more time I have to spend on the student and less time I have to figure out is what makes this program very cool.

Suggestions for Improvement: The person that was explaining was not very loud. The problem that I did not understand was how to sign up myself and the students. This is why I want to go back after lunch.

Verdict: This is free to use. Free is very good with my school!!!

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use to supplement reading in my classroom.

Strengths: I will be able to utilize google classroom. Students can complete assessments and homework automatically. It will help me save paper at my school. It has over one million videos, assignments and games.

Suggestions for Improvement: Don't charge to have access to lessons and resources on the website. Teachers do not have a lot of money to pay for these resources. Make it more affordable to teachers.

Verdict: I would recommend this product because is primarily free. This product has tutorials to use with my students in class and at home. I can assign homework. The yutube videos are the best ones chosen for the lessons.

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

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Usage: finding resources for teachers to use with students; finding resources parents can oversee their kids using; finding resources to train teachers in the use of

Strengths: Curated resources save time trying to find something good.

Suggestions for Improvement: Have a teacher version of the app.
Make it easier to access teacher resources on the website.
Being more teacher-friendly will make it more attractive. It is teachers that are choosing to use OpenEd and will be the ones telling their students to log in, so teacher is gatekeeper.

Verdict: it is FREE! It is curated.

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

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Usage: finding resources for teachers to use with students; finding resources parents can oversee their kids using; finding resources to train teachers in the use of

Strengths: Curated resources save time trying to find something good.

Suggestions for Improvement: Have a teacher version of the app.
Make it easier to access teacher resources on the website.
Being more teacher-friendly will make it more attractive. It is teachers that are choosing to use OpenEd and will be the ones telling their students to log in, so teacher is gatekeeper.

Verdict: it is FREE! It is curated.

Rebecca, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this tool to assessments my students' understanding of CCSS across subjects, particularly math and ELA. After assessment I would use their resource tool to create playlists for my students--I would assign them different activities to give them instruction on standards, or elements of standards, that they have not yet mastered, according to the assessments. I would also share with parents how their children did on the assessments, what they're working on, and the online resources available to help them meet those standards. I would also use the data from the assessments to coach the students in setting learning goals. I would re-assess frequently to monitor progress.

Strengths: It helps personalize instruction! I want to know what each child knows and what they don't know, as per the CCSS. I want to then create learning experiences for each child based on that data. This daunting task becomes doable with OpenEd. I like how the assessments are common core aligned. I love the "so what next?" resource feature--to be able to immediately assign a resource or series of resources to each child without having to spend hours searching through materials online or in workbooks for each child. This will allow me to create personalized playlists.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if the assessment questions and answers could be read aloud to the student, maybe a button each child could push to indicate that they need the question to be read to them. If the software doesn't have the ability to read the questions to them, I have to sit down with them one-on-one, and would rather not use my precious little one-on-one time to read assessment questions to my students. I would love to be able to access that data as well: which children are clicking that button? In Kindergarten, First grade, and with some students in Second grade, they might not be able to read the question, but do have the knowledge. I need to know what they know. I also want to know if they are able to read the questions, since I am aware they will need to for some of the state or district standardized assessments.
I'm sure I will have feedback on the UI after my students start using it, but I can't predict as of now.

Verdict: It is very purely and directly a way to implement data driven instruction. It is also a way to personalize learning by getting frequent, hard data on what students know and don't know, and then immediately having automatic access to resources (proven effective) to help fill the students' learning gaps (without having to spend hours searching for and compiling those learning experiences myself).

Lindsay, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this product to individualize learning for my students.

Strengths: OpenEd has done the research for you. You can literally search by grade and standard to find a resource to use. It is compatible with Google classroom so you can assign individual students something and they can access it independently on their computer. It really helps to individualize learning. Also, on assessments, data is collected for you. It also provides videos for students to watch based on what they got wrong on the assessment.

Suggestions for Improvement: When creating an account, I would recommend adding selection for a state so we don't have to keep choosing different sets of standards. It would be nice if it just populated based on your state.
Another thing I didn't see, but would suggest would be a way for the student (and even parent) to communicate with the teacher. Maybe directly on the site or to have a button to email the teacher directly.
Also, it would be nice to have a feature that groups students based on results of an assessment. To help the teacher differentiate for groups of students.

Verdict: OpenEd has a huge resource library where you can pull assessments, lessons, videos and games and assign them to your students. I would recommend this because OpenEd has already done the evaluating for you! Each resource is leveled by grade, subject and standard and the videos are rated by helpfulness! You can assign something to a whole class or individual students.

Ann-Marie, Teacher. School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use this to assess student need with quick exit quizzes, then have students review content based on those assessments. With it being integrated with a number of LMS, it is quite versatile and usable.

Strengths: This product helps with student remediation and retention, as well as needs assessment. The tool also helps with data reporting as it integrates with a number of popular LMS programs, which also report out data. I think that those two aspects will help teachers cut down on the time spent in detailing PLPs and reports. Not to mention, the program uses OER, which will help teachers create a more robust curriculum for their students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am trying to think of three things I would change ... I am not sure as I truly think that this program is completely focused on its goals and hits those very well.

Verdict: Students are supposed to succeed in classes, not fail, and this would be a great tool to help teachers aid all students in gaining success in all subjects. I like that all the additional review content is not just videos, but text. The integration with a variety of LMS is huge as it allows teachers to transfer the student assessments directly into the LMS for record-keeping and reporting; data - crunching is a huge time crunch in education right now and this program helps with that.

Technology Integration Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this as a formative assessment tool. I would also use this as a way to access remedial skills videos aligned to my students' areas of needs.

Strengths: This product allows teachers to track students' progress and receive detailed percentage results. Teachers can identify areas of need through a color-coded results chart. Based on this data, teachers are able to assign recommended resources to target students' specific areas of need. Remedial videos are automatically suggested to correspond to these areas of need.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Simplify the user interface. There's a lot of content on each screen (words, colors, sidebars). It can be difficult to focus on the task at hand, especially as a young student.
2) Remove ads from videos. The ads that appear on the bottom of some of the remedial videos are distracted and sometimes unrelated.
3) Include demonstration of how to begin the setup process. This product looks useful, but after the demo I still don't really have a concept of how to implement and utilize it as a classroom teacher.

Verdict: I would recommend this product because it partners with our curriculum (e.g. Pearson) as well as other online tools that many teachers already utilize (e.g. Google Classroom).

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I use this product in the class by looking up lesson plans or tracking students understanding of a standard. I also use this product in the classroom if certain students need additional lessons on a specific standard.

Strengths: I love that the tool is free for students to use that way they can see how applicable this tool is in there every day classroom. I also think that it is really great for teachers to have additional lessons to use in case a student does not understand a standard.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if there were different dashboards for the students to use so that it would be more appealing to the students. Also it gives them a choice of how they want to use that tool.

Verdict: I would recommend this product to other teachers students are doing with specific standards and it also provides lessons for teachers to use to follow up in case students do not understand a standard.

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

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Usage: I use this product to research lesson ideas and to build engaging lessons. It's a one stop resource for finding vetted videos and resources for lessons.

Strengths: The organization of the product makes lesson planning a breeze. Rather than visiting a variety of websites to vet videos, I can find high quality videos from a number of sites all in one place. OpenEd sends out emails that give video suggestions as well. Classes can be created on the site and the data gathered is broken down by standard, allowing teachers to track mastery.

Suggestions for Improvement: This program is wonderful and useful. The filters are helpful and well organized, but sometimes I wish there were more videos and resources for certain standards, such as the CCSS reading and writing for science standards.

Verdict: I would recommend OpenEd because it gathers high quality content and lesson ideas. It is organized by standards.

Val, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use it to plan for lessons, create differentiated homework assignments, show parents during parent night.

Strengths: It provides resources, sorted by grade and content standard, in a well organized fashion. Instead of having to conduct time consuming on-line searches for appropriate resources to supplement my lesson, it is now available at a few clicks of a button. I appreciate that it is linked to some of the textbooks used at my school.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am tired of the overloaded pages from most on-line apps. I would increase the font size and/or change the font style. I would also limit the amount of information displaying on a single screen.

Verdict: First of all it is free. It provides a function that has many teachers stressing over, and save valuable time for educators. It utilizes current text book publishers.

Kim, Tech TOA. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: I would offer the "million resources" to my students as support for our classroom learning. I would look into offering flipped lessons, as well.

Strengths: I am excited to see OpenEd offers games and assessments, not just homework. Games is something I am not making enough of an effort to research, and to know a particular game addresses a need from my math adoption is appealing.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am hoping there will be more ELA resources soon. I hope the responsive design works well with both platforms and all devices. I can't really see much room for improvement....how about single sign on with Office 365?

Verdict: OER is the way of the future. The fact that this one site offers both math and ELA makes it a bit easier for me to offer to my students since, quite frankly, it is simpler for me to coordinate subsequent assessment.

Luis, TSA. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, College Prep School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: With the shift of the Common Core some teachers are looking for resources, anything that would help them with the shift and provide resources to our staff would be awesome. Also the connection it has to publishers and tracking students progress puts the staff to ease.

Strengths: Access to resources, the assessments, and connecting to current LMS systems or gradebook is concerning. Many teachers want everything to talk to each other and without that piece it might be a bit cumbersome.

Suggestions for Improvement: I believe that as a resource it would be great, but it would depend on the use of the teacher. Its about transition for many teachers and doing that transition from sage on the stage, to guide on the side.

Verdict: The navigation, might need some improvement, but overall it works well.

General Ed Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I'd use this product as the home page for a lot of different content areas when my students are using their chrome books.

Strengths: I really like how student progress is so detailed. This will help with parent-teacher conferences when teachers are looking for visual data to show to parents about how each student is doing.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like a feature where parents can easily access the student progress page. This would eliminate the need for tedious meetings outside of parent-teacher conferences.

I see a lot of ELA and math features, but I would like to see more for science and social studies.

Some video tutorials for both parents and students would help cut down on user-instruction related issues.

Verdict: It centralizes a lot of different content areas.

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

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Usage: Students take diagnostic tests, then remediation skills online.

Students complete classroom tests and then use OpenEd to support underperforming students.

Strengths: Products appears to give comprehensive data of student mastery of standards and then allows for student remediation of skills using main curriculum publishers with licensing.

Suggestions for Improvement: Provide pricing for individual classroom teacher for textbook licensing fees during demo. Would help me decide about using it.

Preferred if entire school were on it (not my personal case at the moment). Teachers would collaborate using data.

Nothing else.

Verdict: Comparable to iready but seems at least as comprehensive and finely tuned to enhancing skills development for kids.

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

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Usage: As a resource for parents and students at home for additional help, practice and in the classroom.

Strengths: Integration of resources is great. I like that they have a group of curators that go over the videos and lessons before uploading. I also like that edmodo and Google classroom for ease of student access and login

Suggestions for Improvement: Not all publishers are supported on the text book list. I hope that our textbook can be aligned so that students can have a one-stop shop for online resources and textbook lessons.

The interface isn't as easy to see which button to click when playing a game. Needs a colored "play" button

Verdict: It's a great all in one location of resources and subjects as well as grade levels

Teachee, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: Supplememt the math curriculum with resources to incorporate technology in the classroom. It can be used as another assessment tool.

Strengths: This site can be used to manage your classroom, supplement your lessons with digital content, as an assessment tool among other things. It would be a great time saver.

The resources have already been researched for teachers - no need to search online for resources! One stop shop!

Suggestions for Improvement: 1). Pre assessment option
2) Could be more visually appealing
3) When using the search tool have the option to sort the results by category (video, assessments, etc)

Verdict: There are great resources available for teachers and easy searchability for resources.

Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population

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Usage: I would use this to assign work, teach lessons, and give assessments.

Strengths: It would save teachers a lot of time in the lesson planning department. The option to have so many resources at my disposal is an invaluable resource for teachers.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) I would definitely offer more training in how to use the system. This might be a bit of a learning curve for some people.
2) I didn't get what the pricing schedule was for this app, but because teachers are using it it would have to be affordable.
3) I would provide both Web and Mobile versions.

Verdict: I would recommend it because of all of the numerous resources that OpenEd offers from the Videos, to games, to Formative Assessments.

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

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Usage: This tool will assist me in developing and teaching my students common core standards. Therefore, I will use it to reinforce directed lesson and the quizzes as an exit ticket.

Strengths: Working in a school where the children get a free lunch...FREE is so important. The fact the resources will allow my students to gain mastery with my support is a plus.

Suggestions for Improvement: The fact the item bank gives me a clue on needs extra help is a plus. I did not see how they made the program more adaptive for special needs students. speech text...

Verdict: I would use this product because it is aligned to the SBAC test that our school district is currently using to prepare students for the 21st century.

Anne-Marie, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: I would use this as a lesson planning tool. I can use it to find differentiated activities. I can also use the videos to show my kids.

Strengths: I love how it's free. I like how there are many lessons and they are made by teachers. I like the student activities and videos added. You don't have to go and search for suppleamental ideas.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would make the website more pleasing to the eye. It kind of looks too crowded. Maybe more tabs and less color. I think the content could be isolated even further.

Verdict: I like how there are many ideas you could use. They have resources available for free too. You can plan online.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: At the beginning of the school year, grading periods, and end of year.

Strengths: Teacher/Student friendly. Simple and quick assessment and reports availability.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'd like to use it before I can recommend changes. Making the progress reports available to parents may help. California has not provided a CCC adopted textbook so it maybe better to wait so that your assessment are aligned to the new textbooks.

Verdict: There is a need for a simple quick assessment that is teacher/student friendly.

Teacher/Tech support, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: Our school has some apps that we use for ELA so I would probably use this more for Math intervention and support for my ELL students. Science is a hard item to fit into our scheduled day, so I would take a look at the NGSS that they have offered.

Strengths: The ability to track your students and assess their understanding always a plus. I like the ability to have a teacher dash board so that you can see your over all students. I like the formative assessment item, to be able to further your instructional practice. I like that it is free, but I would like to actually try it and see what the underlying cost would be if one would have full access.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am not sure that my second language learners would be able to access the product at home. It is always a plus for them to try it at home. It could use a translator part for ELL parents to be able to access. I have many parents who do not speak English but have access to computers. I would like to see how it really is common core aligned. I didn't get that through the quick presentation at the table. I would like all of it to be free of course. I would like to have liked to see if it has a word work component.

Verdict: I might suggest this products because of the ability for the teachers to track their students progress and then incorporate where they could go next for their teaching. I like that it has a teacher dash board so that individual students can go at their own level and own pace. I like that the parents can access their own students work as well.

School Technology Instructional assistant, School Type: Elementary School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: In our school we have all students in grades 1-5 in an RTI group. We could use this product to engage students who may respond better to reading from an electronic device than printed text.

Strengths: It puts every standard at the teachers fingertips. Students tend to respond well to anything on a digital device. It give good feedback on the students progress and allows remedial assignments to struggling students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see the student interface look more kid friendly for elementary students. I would prefer a menu style dashboard for the teacher rather than tabs. Would like to see the class split into level groups for ease of assigning assignments.

Verdict: It may not be easy to use school wide as on grade has a 1:1 deployment of electronic devices, and the other grades only have one classroom set to share between all classes in that grade. It is easy to pick standards and work with students though.

Maria, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: I would use this product to create practice quizzes for my students that are aligned to the common core state standards. I would also use this to collaborate with my colleagues to create assessments.

Strengths: Some strengths include that they have already searched for the videos that are aligned to specific educational topics so they have that database set up. Another strength is that they aligned their assessments to the common core state standards.

Suggestions for Improvement: Some things I would suggest include having options for the teacher to grade assessments as well. I am not sure if they only have the option to grade assessments automatically. Also, it would be good to be able to have parents log in to check their students' progress as well.

Verdict: I would suggest it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it just yet. I think I would need to be more comfortable with the product.

Michael, TOSA. School Type: Middle School, High School

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Usage: This is an assessment tool that allows teachers to monitor student performance and push out individualized resources to students based on their needs.

Strengths: Online integration with Google Apps for Education is a big plus.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Integrate with the various electronic grade books to allow teachers to feed scores from OpenEd directly into their online grade books.

2. Create an interface that allows teachers to grade short response questions all at once (e.g. One screen that has the answer to question #2 from every student).

3. Increase item analysis and other analytics to allow for deeper digs into assessment results.

Verdict: The ability to track student performance online allows teachers to eliminate a lot of the logistical work (sorting papers, reading poorly written responses, etc.) that can take up so much of their time.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use this to assess what students have mastered based on common core standards, and to find out where some students need more help and scaffolding.

Strengths: I like the fact that it automatically generates resources that students can use to help them master the common core standard that they are struggling on.

Suggestions for Improvement: Will the generated resources be accessible to students after they have taken the test and logged off. Are we able to share the resources and websites to parents so students can practice at home. Is the list of resources available to all students even if they do not need help, but just want more practice?

Verdict: I like that the data for students is individualized, and they are given resources for the standards that they are low on and need more help.

7th Grade Math / Tech TOSA, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would like to try assigning problems as extra practice. Currently, I post links to Khan Academy (and specific other sites) on our LMS. OpenEd seems to be curated and have more content.

Strengths: 1) Compilation of resources, so the teacher does not have to look through each and every video
2) Allows teacher control to give/remove questions
3) Free
4) Allows teachers to modify questions

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) UI - For a student, may seem cluttered.
2) Integration with Schoology ( I believe it already has integration with Google Classroom)
3) Feedback that is not just the video. For example, specific feedback related to the error.

Verdict: 1)Compilation of resources
2) Each resource (Video) is looked at by the team
3) Allows teacher control to give/remove questions
4) Free

Adm, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I'm thinking of using it to evaluate outside video's lectures.

Strengths: I haven't used it yet in my online school yet, all though do have future need for this tech. We have students around the world that use our system,

Suggestions for Improvement: I feel the tech ed field should develop standard for navigation and use of student data across all the app's used by class. It i hard to determine the usefulness, if there is no standardized charting. If I had some matrix to use to see the usefulness of this product. I would also like to see app’s be inserted into LMS’s like Moodle, Blackboard, ect.

Verdict: I would suggest the administration a test run to see if it meets our wide breadth of user profiles

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