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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.
Olivia, Tosa. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: I am a teacher coach. I use this product to record teachers who are new to the profession. Together, we watch the recording and analyze different elements within their teaching. I have also used this product to record veteran teachers and to share that with new teachers who were unable to watch lessons being taught in person.

Strengths: My favorite part of this product is the ability to annotate different parts of the video. I like that I can watch a video and begin to type a message. The video is time stamped and allows an opportunity for others to read and reflect on my feedback. This is the ultimate effective feedback product :)

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish that this product was easier to share off of their system. I understand it is private for a reason, but sometimes I would love to use a program like this for a flipped classroom approach. I would like to film myself or another teacher, and annotate parts of the lesson, then be able to send or share with students as well.

Verdict: Talent videos are very highly privatized. It is difficult to share the videos with anyone who is outside of their system.

mark, Director Of It. School Type: Middle School, High School, College Prep School
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: We would be able to centralize teacher evaluations. This will enable us to have a standardized method for training that is trackable.

Strengths: They have nice rubrics based evaluations for teachers. It makes it easy to evaluate teachers based on the same standards. We can track evaluations and evaluators. It solves our problems of knowing that evaluations have been done, it tracks the time in the recording that you are referring to as an evaluator.
ensuring that our teachers are doing a good job is critical to family and student retention.

Suggestions for Improvement: Integrate users into our existing hr system.
I didn't see a way to link resources for the teacher being evaluated to work on their growth areas.
I can't think of a third.

Verdict: I would recommend it because they have done a great job developing a useful tool that will save time and improve teacher evaluations. It will help us assign classes in the future.

Sean, Assistant Principal. School Type: Middle School
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starfull star Advocate

Usage: Torsh Talent would allow teachers to conduct more peer observations as well as allowing them to hone their own skills.

Strengths: The fact that Torsh Talent is easy to use and initiated by the teachers is very powerful. With the curating function, teachers can use it for lesson study to hone their pedagogy or share lessons with peers. From the administrative perspective, observation feedback can be more targeted.

Suggestions for Improvement: Since it is dependent on Wi-Fi, it limits the freedom. The ability to save the recording on the device and upload it at a later time should be available.

Verdict: For administrators, Torsh Talent increases the opportunities to observe teachers and give specific, targeted feed back.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, 1:1 Devices
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I think this is a great way for educators of all levels, whether beginning teachers or veteran teachers, to see themselves teaching and devising goals to improve instruction in the classroom.

Strengths: The program is great at allowing you to upload videos of your instruction. Coaches and other administrators can help guide new teachers in their instruction and classroom management. The videos can be used to show growth, and if time conflicts occur, the mentor doesn't have to be physically present to view the lesson. They can observe the video afterwards at a more convenient time.

Suggestions for Improvement: I think that the program should definitely be used in a learning way and not as a replacement for evaluations. I think that it is important for educators to feel comfortable sharing their teaching strategies, and it should not be used in a critical evaluation fashion. I hope that there are privacy factors built into the system to ensure that all participating parties know and understand that the tool is used to further growth and not used to critique anyone.

Verdict: I would recommend this program especially with new teachers because of the impact it can have to drive instruction. I like how the program allows you to upload videos of yourself teaching to drive further discussions of how you're meeting your goals. Beginning teachers and mentors now have a way to see instruction in real time, or replayed many times thereafter.

Andrew, Math Instructor. School Type: High School, Higher Education, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I'm interested in the use of this product for teacher training programs and continued support through alumni networks.

Strengths: Does well:
- Uploading and sharing video with members of district / group
- Connecting comments with specific timestamps within a video -- both written and recorded.
- (Future feature / in development) Auto-analysis of video for data on speakers: who is speaking, for how long.

Solves:
- Difficult to find time to get a group of teachers together to review a video of someone else's teaching; this product allows teachers to give feedback whenever they have the time
- Without intensive training, it is difficult to know what types of feedback is useful / helpful. The ability to set rubrics for each group allows for consistency in focus among commentators.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Facilitate sharing outside of specific groups. My particular use case is not confined to a particular district, and may include individuals already associated with a group.

Verdict: Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of video clubs for improving teaching; one of the main reasons it does not happen more is the difficulties involved in getting video recorded and displayed for teachers to watch together / offer feedback on. This product allows teachers to watch and give feedback on their own time.

Math Teacher, School Type: High School, High ELL Population
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: As a support provider for BTSA, I would use it to help give other teachers feedback.

I am more excited about the potential of using this with students. I would like students to create instructional videos and then allow other students to give critical feedback on the content in the video. I want to limit the student comments to a drop down list so that students can not give harmful feedback.

Strengths: I really like how the product time links the comments with the video. I like how you can use a rubric and share audio comments in addition to the written feedback.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see a drop down list of comments the help speed up the process of giving feedback and to focus the types of things that you can give feedback on.

I think this addition would make it a useful tool for students to give constructive feedback.

Verdict: We some amazing teachers at our school but we seldom get to see each other in action. I we could watch how the teachers in our department are interacting with students it can become a wonderful tool.

Librarian, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: I would use this as a tool to improve my instructional practice through video reflection.

Strengths: This product stores videos and feedback on one platform, so you can post video and provide feedback with multiple users. It streamlines the evaluation process, and allows for immediate feedback.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'd like this to be available to individual teachers. Also, creating a public archive to showcase teacher videos that can be used to model best practices, and rubrics that connect teaching standards for each state.

Verdict: I'd recommend it as a common interface for administrators and staff to work collaboratively to improve instructional practices.

Tech Instructor And Director, School Type: Middle School, BYOD Devices
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starfull starno star Advocate

Usage: Implement in classrooms to give feedback to students.

Strengths: Keywords, filming, support.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Data Analytics - These will make it so that it frees up teacher time
2. Film aiming recommendations. This product is great if teaching in a small group, but not in a larger room.
3. Create your own hardware or come up with recommendations

Verdict: It is a strong tool, but it needs more data analytics

Technology Integration Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

full starfull starfull starno starno star Neutral

Usage: I would use this for professional development purposes. I would film myself and my colleagues during our workshops to serve as an ongoing resource for teachers. I would also film teachers exhibiting best practices and offer this as a resource to other teachers.

Strengths: This product creates lasting professional development resources by capturing teaching in action and preserving it in video format. The ability to insert comments adds further depth to the learning process for teachers. It solves the problem of simply recommending strategies without having evidence of the strategies in action. It also solves the problem of teachers not having time to visit other teachers' classrooms to observe.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) The product would seem much more polished if presented to its full visual potential. It was difficult to get the optimized experience of this product because the display resolution of the model monitor was not optimized to the dimensions of the product. I found it hard to look past this visual distraction.
2) I would change the name. The purpose of the product is not easily identifiable based on its name.
3) I'd like to see more real-life examples of videos that have been created and shared using this product.

Verdict: There is no product like this currently being utilized in my district. It's a new tech tool that may be overwhelming to present directly to administrators. As such, I would likely seek a different audience to recommend to, likely at the district level, to determine who the best starting point would be.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Project Based School, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning
Oct 24, 2015

full starno starno starno starno star Wouldn't Advocate

Usage: Instead of using it to evaluate teachers, I think it'd be a powerful tool to use on students during presentations. Students could present and you can grade them via video.

Strengths: Being able to tag the video at certain points with comments is effective for people to reflect on improvements

Suggestions for Improvement: -reduce the amount of features, it makes the product overwhelming and bulky.
-include an option for students to log in and quickly see the comments left by teachers.
-include an option for parents to log in and see the progress of their students.

Verdict: It's a simple tool at the core and I don't think we should pay for all the extra bells and whistles.

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