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Ponder
by Parlor Labs
GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12)
PRICING PLANS / License, Free, Other
PLATFORMS / Web Browser, iPhone App, iPad App

Browser add-on that measures reading activity

Overview

Ponder is a digital “micro-reading response” tool that facilitates analysis of a text and collaboration with other students and teachers while readingPonder’s engagement analytics tracks student activity day-to-day, allowing teachers to identify students who are not completing work and falling behind. The service is free to try and subscription based for teachers and schools.

GOALS

Ponder is a digital “micro-reading response” tool that facilitates analysis of a text and collaboration with other students and teachers while reading. The product was created with the goal of encouraging students to think deeply about their reading assignments and research.

APPROACH

Students can use Ponder to extract key pieces of information from their reading by “flagging” excerpts. Using the tags developed by their teacher, students tie these excerpts and reflections to the concepts they are studying or discussing in class. Students can see what their classmates are reading and what they are saying about those articles. When watching video, students can attach their micro-responses to points along the video timeline.

In addition to its literacy content offerings, Ponder also provides teachers and students with constant and concise data reports covering rate of completion, depth and breadth of reading across topic areas, etc. The platform presents this data to students in visual chunks based on the amount of reading activity of each student. Ponder presents teachers with a “class feed” that aggregates all of their students’ activity and responses. Ponder also tracks student activity day-to-day, allowing teachers to identify students who are not completing work and falling behind.

IMPLEMENTATION
Ponder can be accessed at schools by teachers and students alike through whatever browser they use. Students can also use Ponder on their own at home, tagging excerpts and reflecting on any articles or videos on the internet.

PRICING

Ponder is available with all of its core features for free. For additional features, teachers can purchase a subscription for $195/year, with a free trial for their first semester. District or site licenses are also available for $2/student/year. More information is available on the company’s website.

WHO IS USING IT

As of June 2015, Ponder was used by over 5,000 students and teachers in dozens of schools.

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

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Instructional Tech Resource Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Other

1. I would like to see more examples of primary grade use... and also an adaptation in the sentiments for younger students (like simpler vocabulary or a more graphical interface). Maybe there should be two different versions of Ponder available for use; one for secondary schools as well as coll...

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EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Instructional Tech Resource Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Other

1. I would like to see more examples of primary grade use... and also an adaptation in the sentiments for younger students (like simpler vocabulary or a more graphical interface). Maybe there should be two different versions of Ponder available for use; one for secondary schools as well as coll...

Resource Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Other

1. The sentiments need to be adjusted to include options for younger students (like simplified verbiage and possibly pictures).

2. It would be nice to include a read aloud option, even just for the sentiments/themes.

3. I would like to s...

PRICING PLANS

License

Teacher Subscription - For using Ponder for assigned reading, implementing a flipped model. Using Ponder as a component of a class participation grade. More specifics: http://ponder.co/pricing
Can be purchased by Teacher.

Free

Social Reader Subscription - This enables groups of readers to share their ideas together, in more of an online reading club or social network scenario.
Can be purchased by Teacher, Student, or Parent.

Other

Site License - This is a bulk licensing option for institutional deployments
Can be purchased by School Leader or District Administrator.

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is accessible via a web browser.
This product is available as a native application on the following devices:
iPad App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ponder-mobile/id638786552
iPhone App
Download available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ponder-mobile/id638786552

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Standards

Common Core Aligned Common Core Aligned
State-Standards Aligned State-Standards Aligned

Audience

For Parents For Parents
For Teachers For Teachers
K-12 K-12
Post-Secondary Post-Secondary

Characteristics

Collaboration Tools Collaboration Tools
Distance Learning Distance Learning
Social Learning Social Learning
Supplemental Supplemental
Video Instruction Video Instruction

Subject Matter

21st Century Skills 21st Century Skills
Language Arts Language Arts
Math Math
Reading Reading
Science Science
Social Studies Social Studies
Special Needs Special Needs