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Reviews for Schoolzilla

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.
Supervisor of Technology, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School

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Usage: I would use this product with administrators, staff members, and students to develop a culture of data driven instruction in my school district. A data warehouse tool can make that process more efficient and data analytics more accessible than a spreadsheet.

Strengths: Student data available in one location
Data analytics and graphs for analysis
Replace the use of spreadsheets for data analysis

Suggestions for Improvement: Integrated with more systems
Perhaps offer a free version that can help school districts get it off the ground?
Tailor the data for different district roles so it is less overwhelming for staff

Verdict: Data driven instruction is valued in many school districts, but the data is often housed in different systems that often don't communicate with each other. A data warehouse can help school districts that utilize and analyze data frequently to do so more efficiently.

Director of IT, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

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Usage: The district would use it to analyze data. One of our district's goal is to analyze data better. Our current tools are not formidable for proper interpretation. This seems like the way to go.

Strengths: Displayed Data
Integration
Ease of use
Web based
Large support team

Suggestions for Improvement: Pricing is the a negative point. Our district is under funded and will not invest in this. The company should provide different funding methods to districts in order for them to purchase a product.

Verdict: I would recommend it because of its ease of use and integration with our current SIS.

English Teacher, School Type: High School

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Usage: To show teachers how to drive instruction

Strengths: Attractive, comprehensive, integrates other systems

Suggestions for Improvement: Alert guidance and parents of dipping progress. Those are the people that need to know about these things. Allow teachers to edit as well if they want. They have good information to give. Maybe focus less on test scores. Also the subjectivity of each assessment per each class might skew the data.

Verdict: It gives a very comprehensive view of student data that's attractive.

Michelle, Science Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to compile and analyze data to help drive my instruction. This particular program can compile information from multiple sources making reports that are more useful to educators.

Strengths: I am really impressed at the data and reports that schoolzilla can create using multiple programs that are already in place. The reports provide extremely useful data that helps to drive instruction.

Suggestions for Improvement: The only drawback I could find would be the cost. Most low income districts do not have the finances to spend on one more program and even though it is useful it would be difficult to convince them to spend money on a program that simply organizes data.

Verdict: I would recommend it to my building level principal. It can combine the data we are collecting through multiple sources into a more reasonable useful program.

Dianna, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use it to bring all the different assessments and records to one place to make keeping up with data an easier job

Strengths: Puts all data in one place for easy access making it much easier to keep up with data and give teachers much more needed time to work on other important things

Suggestions for Improvement: Make it accessible to all organizations needing to cut down on data problems Also make it even more simple to use which would help people who have a little computer fear

Verdict: I would tell them my opinion on how much time it would save teachers and how much more accurate it could be

CIO, School Type: Middle School, High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: It would provide critical data for central office leadership, campus leadership, and teachers.

Strengths: Excellent consolidation of data
Excellent visualization library

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Add trigger based notifications: Principal gets email when teacher(s) have 5% of students failing.
2) Add enhanced support for data quality checks: end users can report possible data issues, simple workflow to support notification of IT
3) Push based reports

Verdict: Excellent. centralization of data, and Tableau is best of breed visualation

Erica, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This product has to be purchased at the district level. While I feel the product would be beneficial for my district, our district is hesitant about buying into different programs. We currently use Tyler, which has a way for teachers to input behavioral data, but no way for teachers to acces that data later at the teacher level. At the administration level, the data can be access but doesn't have a dashboard to view all of the data for that student.

Strengths: This product does an awesome job at streamlining lots of data for a school. In provides a way for beneficial behavioral data to follow students between schools within a district to inform RtI meetings for new students.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Districts with the system should be able to send student data to their new district if the student transfers

2. Should be integrated and aligned to current district initiatives for behavior (I.e. PBIS)

3. A simple way to share with district administrator

Verdict: I might suggest that we use this tool because it streamlines data from various sources, which is useful for planning interventions and the like. But because we technically already have such a program, I probably wouldn't follow up.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population, Project Based School

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Usage: I would use this to coordinate all assessment data into one place.

Strengths: The greatest strength of this program is that it pulls the assessment info from all your different assessment tools and puts results in one place. This would be especially useful during parent/teacher conferences and while assessing interventions needed.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be great if it could gather data from a varied source of gradebooks. If it wouldn't work with an electronic gradebooks within a district, it would not be useful to that district.

Verdict: We would have to make sure that all of our assessment programs would matriculation into the system, if so, I would recommend it.

Coordinator of Instructional Tech, School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: As a means of providing a single location for parents/students/faculty to find every bit of data about education at our school

Strengths: Lots of different data sources. Can basically take any type of data from any type of system and aggregate it all together.

Suggestions for Improvement: I was told that they haven't dealt much with data from learning management systems like Instructure Canvas. This would be a must if we were to use this product.

Verdict: We are scatted when it comes to data at our school. It would be nice to aggregate everything together so we can digest it easier. It would make it easier to make informed and actionable decisions on all aspects of the school.

Denise, Supervisor. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Usage: This program seems to filter necessary information into a one stop in a visually appealing way.

Strengths: The user friendly interface seems great. The data collection is overwhelming nowadays for administrators and teachers and this is a great tool to help.

Suggestions for Improvement: I do wonder about where all of this information is being stored. Are the servers in the US? This could be a big problem. Having a third party access private student information is a definite worry.

Verdict: Data collection is difficult, this seems to stream line that making it easy for varied populations.

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

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Usage: It didn't appear user friendly, or perhaps it was just the presentation. I was disappointed to learn my school has already contracted this company for data management.

Strengths: The offer lots of connectivity between programs such as SIS and Renaissance Place; as a district, we can choose how often things are uploaded or sync'd; districts can create own forms that work for their particular situations; can be connected with demographics

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I personally found in visually unappealing, which would make me not want to use it.
2. It has to be adopted by the whole district, all or nothing policy doesn't generally feel pleasing to a teacher.
3. It does not work well with mobile devices.

Verdict: Presenters were not engaged in the discussion, did not really seem prepared to present and ran it more as a question and answer session. As a result, the one person at our table that was a technology person for their district ended up getting much of the discussion directed to her. This did not necessarily appeal to all at the table. I did not find the software visually appealing, and he mentioned that it wasn't really great for use on a mobile device.

SpEd Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This program allows students and counselors to link up and keep track of what universities are asking for relating to ACT/SAT scores, GPA averages, etc.

Strengths: Counselors will same time by actually having access to the information across the college board of what's needed for enrollment and acceptance into certain colleges. Additionally, interventions will allow students and staff to know exactly what needs to be done and where they stand.

Suggestions for Improvement: These particular features may not be always accurate depending on the updates that are inputted throughout the school year.

Verdict: This program allows the student to know exactly what to expect from colleges. Early on in their high school careers, they will know exactly what scores and/or GPA is needed in order to be accepted into that particular university.

Tech Director, School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I wish there were a "maybe" for whether I would use or not. I think the concept is great, but I would need to know more about configuration and PD needed to get the system going before a definite yes.

Strengths: Definitely solves the problem of tracking assessment data to promote student growth.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Integrate with our SIS
2. Provide clear understanding of how data maps from SIS

Verdict: It is important to gather this information, so I would happily advise a product. I would definitely recommend giving this product a look, but would be interested to know about others before giving a final blessing.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

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Usage: It's more for my school district as a whole, and not for my individual classroom.

Strengths: Again, it allows school districts to view their data in many different formats, which can be useful in various situations.

Suggestions for Improvement: Maybe find a way to use this product for a regular classroom teacher.

Verdict: For a school district it looks like a helpful too to use. It helps to aggregate data in many different ways based on the situation for the district.

Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This would be an excellent comprehensive tool for student records.

Strengths: Schoolzilla takes data from a variety of web sources and gives us a broad view of a student's success and areas for improvement.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would increase the number of sources and focus it down to the school level as well as district.

Verdict: Since we use a lot of different testing, this tool would allow us to see how a student is doing academically across platforms.

Director of Talent, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

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Usage: We would use it across our school and to compare ourselves with other nearby schools.

Strengths: It seems to be incredibly user friendly and easy to use.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'd imagine there's a big hurdle to jump over the get it set up.

Verdict: It integrates several systems/metrics that we're already managing independently.

Lib., School Type: Middle School

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Usage: Use to consolidate school data. Can use current assessments.

Strengths: Combines information in one easy location. Can compare years, subject areas, assessments. Can get data for us.

Suggestions for Improvement: Nothing

Verdict: Can customize reports to meet our needs. 30 day free trial.

Supervisor, School Type: Middle School, High School, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Analyze dat from various sources.

Strengths: Report templates available.

Suggestions for Improvement: Videos linked to YouTube are blocked at local firewalls.
No live chat to address issues.

Verdict: Great resource for schools to pool data from multiple sources.

IT Coordinator, School Type: Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: Schoolzilla aggregates information from many sources so that we can get a clear view of our complete student/school/district. It will help us automate the collection of that data and display it in a manner that is easy to make use of. Schoolzilla does NOT collect data directly from teachers or administrators. That is what tools like Kickboard are for.

Strengths: They take a lot of the work out of creating reports, by working with staff to help you create custom reports. If you are looking for a SIS, you are looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for a way to pull data from your SIS and other sources and display it for admins, this looks great.

Suggestions for Improvement: Easier way to access comprehensive historical data.
Subscriptions are expensive.
It requires an expensive piece of software if you want to create your own reports instead of relying on them. And that software is Windows-only currently

Verdict: It isn't a single product that can do everything. It is one weapon in an arsenal. It seems very good at what it does, however.

Tech Director, School Type: Other

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Usage: To analyze and present data, as well as recognize patterns of behavior and/or achievement that can help inform instruction, as well as policy making.

Strengths: Data aggragation, analysis, and presentation are all strengths of this product.

Suggestions for Improvement: The fact that it does not interface with Genesis makes this product almost unusable by us.

Verdict: It looks great, but they don't interface with Genesis, which is a deal breaker for many districts in New Jersey. If they did work with Genesis, it would make a great deal of difference in how I approached it.

Supervisor of Instruction, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

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Usage: For easy access to data to make informed decisions in the district, school, and classroom.

Strengths: Make data readily available to all stakeholders for their use in improving student achievement.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Make it cost effective.
2. Have a value-added for teachers component.
3. Maintain trend data creating patterns of effectiveness or challenges.

Verdict: I would have to be sure that it fully aligns with all state, district, and school management systems.

Tech Integrator, School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: to have better reporting for the vast amounts of data we have

Strengths: I like the visually appealing reports available to review data.

Suggestions for Improvement: integrate with Haiku LMS
Give details on all of the tools it integrates with
show how you compare to competition

Verdict: to have better reporting for the vast amounts of data we have, not sure how it compares to competitors

Kamra, Teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: This is really intended for larger school districts that need to make more data driven decision about their students. I am at a VERY small school district.

Strengths: Seems to be great for large districts. A lot of data can be pulled together

Suggestions for Improvement: No improvements. I am glad they understand who they are and are not marketing their product to and do not waste people's time.

Verdict: We are too small to use this effectively. It would be ,ore of a hassle than anything else.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: It wouldn't be affective in our school district.

Strengths: This is too much data. It isn't helpful for teachers to be tracked on students and the make up of a classroom. Not engaging to the people listening.

Suggestions for Improvement: Too much data. Presenter was not impressive. He did not engage the audience and allowed to much one on one talking.

Verdict: I would not advise this product. Sometimes these programs could prove negative to a school district.

District Supervisor of Technology Integration, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this as a dashboard to pull all of our data points together.

Strengths: This helps central office, guidance and principals see school data in one screen. It seems like it is easy to to use and can be easily customized for your district.

Suggestions for Improvement: perhaps integrate with more SIS platforms

Verdict: I feel like this is a sorely needed product. We have so many district data points at the central office level and we need a way to bring them all together in an appealing way.

English Supervisor, School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: We use if for plagiarism detection and peer feedback.

Strengths: The product does data analysis really well and is user-friendly. It is easy to use and also works in a lot of different capacities.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see the dashboard

Verdict: It would help with data analysis and help use become better educators. Teachers would not be so afraid of data because it would be easily available.

Kelly, Supervisor. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use this to import all of our assessment data to provide teachers with a more detailed picture of each student.

Strengths: I LOVE that all data points can be integrated and think that this is a very important piece of our future data interpretation.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wouldn't change anything.

Verdict: I LOVE how this displays data for teachers. It makes the whole student very apparent.

Lydia, Superintendent. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: Encourage teachers to use student profiles with parents, and for data analysis to drive instructional design.

Strengths: Data warehousing that is also user friendly and easy to interpret.

Suggestions for Improvement: None at this time.

Verdict: The development of student data profiles is critical to the process of serving students based on their needs.

German, Data Champion Impact Manager. School Type: Other

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Usage: test response - i would use it to look at student data

Strengths: test response - lots of reports

Suggestions for Improvement: test response

- make it simpler

- make it faster

- make it free!

Verdict: test response - it would save me time!

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: to collect data

Strengths: data

Suggestions for Improvement: none

Verdict: to collect data