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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).

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