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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.
Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

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

Strengths: It solves the problem of how to communicate with students when you are not available. The ability to have the machine learn about your responses and provide answers accordingly is a very powerful one.

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 it would be a huge time saver in the communication department and also, the fact that it involves AI is pretty cool.

Jesus, It Help Desk. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: To give the parents the ability to know if their child did well in class that day or if they have homework that is due.

Strengths: The instructor is able to help the students by pre-populating answers into the system to answer any questions that are asked.
This can be accessed any time of the day or night.
The parents or students can easily use it.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would make this product migrate into the existing student management portal, so the parents can be notified about missing assignments or absences or misconduct of the students.

Verdict: This tool, would not only help the parents keep track of their students progress but also give them an understanding of how to manage the homework.

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

full starfull starfull starno starno star Neutral

Usage: I'm a twitter and Social media, devotee

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

Digital Learning Coach, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

full starfull starfull starno starno star Neutral

Usage: As a collaborative tool, to communicate with students, to encourage discussion

Strengths: The concept of a bot was foreign to me, I understand how it works and how it can be useful to a teacher in a classroom. The collaborative piece is what would be impressive to teachers.

Suggestions for Improvement: Limited release, and it seems like they may be trying to do too much at once. I'm not impressed with the bot using Wikipedia, the bane of all teachers. This was not a selling point. Having a more trusted source of content curation would be better

Verdict: It isn't available right now to all. Though they are looking for pilots (they have a few)
The concept looks encouraging though!

Teacher, School Type: High School

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: Students will be able to improve their listening and reading skills. They will become faster at writing and speaking.

Strengths: Students will be able to communicate better in the target langauge. Their reading skills will improve big time

Suggestions for Improvement: I think having this also to help other subjects and having other language like Spanish will be great.

Verdict: I think all subjects will benefit of this because writing and reading is one of the most difficult areas for all the students in general,

Tech Instructional Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use this tool to keep parents, teachers and students informed about schedules. I would also use this to help students and teachers learn new things.

Strengths: I like that "Lenny" adapts and learns with the class. I think it is great that it is a hybrid concept where teachers can answer when "Lenny" can't. It would make communication easy and it help students if they have any questions. The language filter is a great idea.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see a way to "collect" work through this app.

Verdict: I would recommend this tool to keep students, parents and teachers up to date on relevant topics. As a teacher, I would use this to help my students keep on track with homework and other topics they have questions about.

Eddie, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: At this early stage of artificial intelligence learning, the bot within the app still feels awkward and can not answer basic science questions yet.

Strengths: I can see it attempting answer basic class questions in the future.

Suggestions for Improvement: It is still very immature in its artificial intelligence and could also use improvements in the visual layout of the app as well

Verdict: It may be a wonderful bot but is still in the early stages of development.

Director Of Technology, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 1:1 Devices

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: The main reason would be because it would be adding a messaging service to services the school already uses that embeds messaging to them already.

Strengths: I don't believe in solves a real issue in my teaching environment

Suggestions for Improvement: Partner up with a already existent LMS like Edmodo, Schoology, etc.

Verdict: Messaging isn't anything that isn't already embedded in the other LMS tools we use as a school

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

full starfull starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: While this seems like a great idea, it hasn't been fully realized yet. The idea of an AI bot is great, but maybe the creators shouldn't roll out until they actually have a complete product to show.

Strengths: The ideas is great. The product, not so much.

Suggestions for Improvement: Have a completed product before you try to get teachers to buy in.

Verdict: it is an incomplete product that still needs a lot of work.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, College Prep School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning

full starno starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: It's glorified text messaging. It adds another layer of "stuff" to do but renders no additional benefit.

Strengths: It misinformed the "sample" student in the demo. I'd have to unteach what it taught. As far as student/ teacher communication it does nothing my text messenger and email doesn't already do.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Hire an expert educator.
2. Develop the product more.
3. Better interface.

Verdict: It's has poor user interface. The "smart" answers are inaccurate. It seems like tech developers didn't actual invite any educators to help develop the products.

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