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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.
Rebecca, Ell Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, Project Based School, 1:1 Devices
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I'm excited to use Sesame to create digital portfolios for my ELL students. It can be challenging to frequently and formatively assess language skills, especially for speaking. Sesame will let me take videos of students speaking and link them to a profile that includes other student work, as well as share that with parents.

Strengths: The idea of creating and maintaining and then sharing digital portfolios is very daunting. However, Sesame seems very user-friendly and doable. The interface was clear and I feel like I can jump in and do what I've been picturing.

Suggestions for Improvement: If I'm using this for my ELLs, it will be important for me to be able to share it in multiple languages with the parents of my students. The most important language for me would be Spanish, followed by Portuguese, Arabic and Vietnamese. I would like to be able to link the prompt for a project to the result. For example, for me to remember what speaking prompt I used for a video or for parents to see the information students were given to start a project.

Verdict: This is exactly the kind of product I have been looking for to make digital portfolios possible. I love that I can try it for free as an individual but I would strongly encourage my school/district to invest in the product so that the portfolios can follow students from year to year.

Teacher, School Type: High School
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: My Ss will need to become adept on writing reaserch papers, this tool allow them to read any online text for reasearch, annotate it and save it in their "library".

Strengths: This product stores portfolios that can show student growth; it also aligns to standards and can help me realize what I need to re-teach.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wouldn't improve anything -- they thought of everything! You can even use it w/o internet.

Verdict: It makes assessing and alinging curriculum easy.

Anna, Speech And Language Pathologist. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I work in Special Education as a Speech and language pathologist who is struggling with inclusion services and how to store data for each student for progress reports and annual reviews. This product allows for photos of classwork to be downloaded for each individual student and you can enter therapy goals as part of their assessments via a rubric. It also allows for photos of each student with their name for those of us who have large case loads and sometimes can not remember who the student is without a visual reminder. It would also be an invaluable tool for SPED teachers having to put together a Portfolio assessment for students who can not take MCAS.... it has a feature for parent review.... printout of student overall progress and can also allow for access at home and by other teachers in case the students are moving between classes.

Strengths: I think the ability to make your own rubric and that the information from Common core is already within the program is a plus. It gives bar graphs and visual information that will allow a student to "see" their progress which is helpful for students who learn in a visual style.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. I would figure out a way that standardized testing information, and common test scores and Individual Education goals and objectives can be added to both data collection and final print out of information. 2. A one page bar graph in color of students entry and exit performance over time could be addes to show beginning overall abiities and ending abilities. 3. Add another assessment form other than the rubric, such as a rating scale or percentage tracker for additional evalaution methods.

Verdict: I would recommend it to standardize the portfolio process for all SPED teachers across a very large district. Also, I would recommend it for a possible use with OT, and SLP's to use as data collection for inclusion therapy models.

Math Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: When assessing students, I do not assess through many projects since it is more subjective on criteria so I feel it isn't an accurate view of assessment

Strengths: Gives an online platform for online portfolios aND great for students parent tescherichia conferences. Solves the problem of lots of paper

Suggestions for Improvement: Definitely create pre designed generic rubrics teachers can choose from to provide to students

Verdict: Looks like a lot of work to create a rubric when there are sites that can do it for you

Teacher, School Type: High School
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I would use this product to help create student learning portfolios in my classes. I would also use it to help students keep track of their progress as it aligns their work to state and national standards. I would also use it to keep evidence for my own teaching portfolio and to help keep evidence in an electronic format for my own teaching evaluations.

Strengths: This product would solve the problem of keeping track of student work, sharing it with parents, administrators, and keeping it for my own teaching portfolio. I also think that it appears easy to use and implement into my classroom. I also like how students have their own logins and it can be used with many media forms. The creation of rubrics within the program that aligns with frameworks is great!

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like more subject specific frameworks to be ready now. (Foreign language) I would like more information about how to share it with parents. I would also like to see more details about how I can show/display student data.

Verdict: I would recommend this product to administrators because I think that it would provide a school-wide standard and portfolio for student learning on a digital platform. Parents and students could track how their student is progressing, and administrators could see how teachers are aligning their assessments with the state and national frameworks. I also believe that this product would be super easy to implement and teach students how to use and incorporate into daily classroom settings.

Sim, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I would use this product to

-safely document student work, progress, comments for each unit, day

-I would use it to share classwork and student progress with parents

-i would use it to share work, ideas and feedback with other teachers

Strengths: enables teacher1/teacher2/parent/student sharing document work very time saving creates rubrics includes standards designed for all core subjects including ESL teacher can choose with whom to share what

Suggestions for Improvement: it would be great if there were a student/teacher1, parent/teacher1, teacher1/teacher2 messaging windows to keep the interaction and parent/teacher student teacher feedback alive. Also even, with permission of the teachers, a window for comments by administration would be good.

Verdict: it makes sure student work, progress, comments, especially the work is not lost and provided for theacher(s) student(s) and parent(s) it will eliminiate any dispute about work because it's a real time snapshot it gives instant access to teachers who have the same group of students for related subjects, i.g ESL/ELA it creates rubric for content areas, this is great it can be used standards based

Jodi, Math Teacher/Ed Tech Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I would use this took for all types of assessment, grading, portfolio, sharing student work with colleagues and parents.

Strengths: Easy interface, great use of reporting, LOVE the rubric creation tool. It solves the problem of having student data in once place with rubrics and scoring.

Suggestions for Improvement: I can't think of anything right now. I would like to try this application out first.

Verdict: This application is awesome! You can easily attach student work to ANY standards. You can grant access to other teachers and parents. The app is free for teachers! (...unless you want to use the application as a school) The cost to use it with full features is $5 per student, per year.

Teacher, School Type: High School
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: I would use it as a tool to assess and work with my students who do not do well on tests . It will also be easier for creating and using rubrics.

Strengths: It's strenghts are its ease of use and also its ability to be used with students who do not do very well on tests. It also is very user friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: Nothing it is a great product! I might make an android app.

Verdict: It is a time saver, also it will make life easier for studnets to see their progress.

Teacher, School Type: High School, College Prep School
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: For assessment - formative and summative; for portfolios

Strengths: Outstanding! Really useful and great philosophy. These folks understand the usefulness of a porfolio and the easy way to set it up for teachers. It tracks the student and will work very well!

Suggestions for Improvement: Keep up the good work! I think the key to making this work well is the ease of use. I think it will work well.

Verdict: Tis is a practical and hands-on easy to use tool. Great!

Teacher/Tech Integration, School Type: Middle School, High School, BYOD Devices
Jun 13, 2015

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Usage: Awesome way for students to submit work and get feedback from teachers. I coudl see having my students submit their video projects, infographics, etc through this platform. I also like that parents and students could view the feedback and that the rubric creator is pre-built an intuitive.

Strengths: Puts the place where students submit work and where they get feedback in one place. Allows students to submit all kinds of work in one place so that teacher does not feel limited in the types of projects they want to assign. Students and parents have access to feedback so all stakeholders are always up to date on student progress.

Suggestions for Improvement: Provide a way for students to respond to teacher feedback/rubric and maybe a way for students to resubmit the work based on teacher feedback. Perhaps have an option for live-chat sessions between teachers and students as they talk about their work. It could simulate "office hours" in higher ed. A more collaborative feature for students to work together would be great!

Verdict: Teachers have access to student work from across all classes to get insight into the whole student. Many types of work can be uploaded - video, image, document - can audio be uploaded too?

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