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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: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this program to differentiate instruction with students in spelling and reading and also to promote student engagement.

Strengths: This program is amazing because it differentiates the instruction for each individual student and teaches basic phonemic awareness and spelling patterns.

Suggestions for Improvement: This program is wonderful! The only thing I think would be a great improvement would be making the graphics tailored towards older kids so we can encourage older kids at lower levels to engage in the program.

Verdict: I would highly recommend this program because it differentiates the instruction for each individual student and teaches basic phonemic awareness and spelling patterns.

Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to allow students to work on spelling words at their level.

Strengths: I think lower elementary would love this game, and it gives them multiple ways to.test them information. I love that it would give students different words if they didn't do well. The cost is appropriate for district as well.

Suggestions for Improvement: Teachers need to.be able to input their own words. It is important if the educators have to give specific words. It would be nice if the music changed. It was starting to annoy me.

Verdict: They price is doable. It is appealing to.younger elementary students.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, BYOD Devices

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Usage: I use this website/app to allow my students a personalized learning experience as they build their vocabulary base. The students will enjoy this program because of its user friendly appearance.

Strengths: I like that this product allows the students to perform at their current level and offers a variety of methods for learning the vocabulary words and their spelling. This solves the dilemma of creating teacher made exercises that are engaging after school hours.

Suggestions for Improvement: The product appears to be pretty straight forward and offers the needs of students in regards to spelling. One thing that would increase the level of understanding is if they offered a slot where the students could create their own sentences and then the teacher or program could gauge the level of understanding based on application.

Verdict: I would recommend this program because it allows individuality, which is what our society is moving forward towards. It provides the pretesting and then moves them where nessicary.

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

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Usage: I think this tool would be helpful for showing where my students need help I their own spelling. I do wosh the app would allow for teacher created lists in addition. I do like that the fee is per student. This is something that could be very helpful for my classroom with only 5 in forth grade and 4 in third.

Strengths: I like the fact the product can be structured for individual students and do wonder how this would work doe those students who are working above and maxing out.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to be able to in put my own lists. I would also like to be structured price for very small districts. I would additionally like to have reports emailed to users , parents, as well as me. I have found receiving email notices holds everyone more accountable.

Verdict: The biggest challenge is the limited practice with it at this time as well as the limited grade levels available. I am concerned that it would be viewed as to young for older students.

sierhah, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product so my fifth graders could practice their spelling skills. It could be a free time activity or used as a warm-up practice.

Strengths: I like the program very much as is. I look forward to it expanding.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to have the option as a teacher to add words that I want the students to know based on books we may be reading in class. It would also be great if the program could use sentences from the actual text we are reading. I would also like to see more grammar components. Lastly, I would just like to see the company use more arduous texts as the grades increase so students could genuinely practice the words in context.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it would allow my students to be tracked throughout the learning journey. It also allows them to get so may different types of practices with the words they are learning.

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

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Usage: I would use this to teach phonics and word recognition skills to my students. It would enrich their phonics and word recognition, which will help improve literacy skills.

Strengths: I believe my students would enjoy using this product and that it would help their literacy skills. I feel the games are visually appealing and students would enjoy the challenges. I really like the teacher dashboard and the way data is displayed.

Suggestions for Improvement: Needs to be flexible so teachers can create their own lists. Would like to be able to rollover classes or students from one year or another. Would like to know the pricing points.

Verdict: The only reason I would be hesitant right now is that they do not have a clear idea of how much this will cost per student. The list are also set, no ability to make your own list.

Sp Ed Teacher, School Type: High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product as motivational guide through adaptive learning and being a
SpEd teacher this works out to my benefit.

Strengths: Personalized learning concepts, engaging to the student, and also ignites a passion for the learner by allowing them to have fun while at school.

Suggestions for Improvement: Students may not take it seriously and think it's all about playing games and not completing the task. Additionally, students may become too bored with certain types of the same games, therefore it may impede the process of learning.

Verdict: This system allows for students to learn through gaming and not really know that they're getting something out of the deal. It appears to be a fun app that captivates the students throughout the process.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use this to give my students spelling practice for those that need more of a challenge. Also, I would use it for all students for writing practice to give them immediate feedback to their writing errors.

Strengths: It solves the problem of having to do corrections manually.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would want to be able to put in my own sentences for dictation. I would want to be able to arrange my words within the program. I would like to create my own word lists.

Verdict: I would recommend it as a great tool for conventions practice in writing. The immediate feedback would cause the students to make immediate corrections instead of waiting until their writing is completed.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this product to help build vocabulary and to build an awareness of spelling words correctly.

Strengths: I believe that the gamifying appraoch will allow students to be engaged in their learning and see it beyond an "assignment".

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see a pre-assessment feature to help show students their growth. They would be able to see their progress and set personal goals for their learning,

Verdict: Our student population consists of a high percentage of struggling learners. To help begin to fill the gaps, this learning tool would be beneficial. I like the way that students could monitor thei progress, as well as, myself.

Special Ed Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would incoperate the spell now in to my academics during freetime I would like for my students to broaded their vocabulary and I believe this program would help.

Strengths: it is visually appealling to the students and i gives complete instruction and different information where to meet kids at their frustration level

Suggestions for Improvement: I believe the progam is to child like for older kids and I thin k my 6th and 7th graders would not like becuase the program can look elementary at times.

Verdict: this program is geared toward helping students widen their vocabulary and I thin it would help

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