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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.
Lauren, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

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Usage: For meaningful and high quality, engaging non-fiction text.

Strengths: differentiation:articles can be read aloud.-engaging and interactive-student accounts for sharing progress with teachers

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see an online version since my district is using laptops not iPads. I would like to be able to define any word by clicking on it. Cheaper subscriptions or whole class subscription option without quizzes to be more affordable. reader's responses (like a blog) where students can share their thinking with others in the classroom or the world. Option to add post-it's to track their thinking as they read or highlight information.

Verdict: Very engaging, interactive, high quality, teacher feedback.

Asst. Principal, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School

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Usage: It would be great non- fiction text source, as well as great for critical thinking skills and cross curriculum Integregation

Strengths: Awesome- great pictures, easy to use , articles will keep the students Interest, it is great for students at all levels who can read all levels, also you can have it read to you or switch and students can read articles in Spanish

Suggestions for Improvement: Need to be used for other platforms such as Chrome Books

Verdict: Great for Integregation across the curriculum, multi-level learners and ESOL

Brooke, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: This would be a great supplementary application for reading comprehension in the classroom.

Strengths: Has embedded interactivity such as audio of the reading, embedded comprehension assessments, and opportunities for collaboration.

Suggestions for Improvement: Price per students Availability on multiple platforms

Verdict: This is a great reading tool and aligns with Common core state standards.

Literacy Specialist, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would use this tool to supplement the Time for Kids magazine subscriptions at the elementary level. It is challenging to find age -appropriate nonfiction text, especially related to current events in elementary schools. It would be beneficial to track students' progress on interactive lessons. The text can be read aloud to students, and there is also a Spanish option, which would support diverse learners.

Strengths: The TFK app provides informational text at the K/1 level, which is challenging to find. Students can listen to the text, which provides a scaffold for those who need it. The interactive features would engage students beyond the print version.

Suggestions for Improvement: I'd like to see more innovation with the product. There should be additional content that is not found within the print resources. Companion videos and multimedia text on the same topics as the articles would be helpful.

Verdict: I would like to see more than just an interactive version of the print magazine.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: We currently use TFK for reading homework. It would be cool to use the app as a follow up in the classroom, particularly with the quiz tool for assessment purposes. I could also see using it during small group reading, as the different vocabulary and discussion features lend themselves to accessibility and depth of understanding.

Strengths: I like that vocabulary words are pulled out and defined with visuals for kids. I also like how interactive the maps and timelines are. The quiz feature provides organized feedback for me.

Suggestions for Improvement: Highlighting as the text is read for low-level readers. Places for kids to respond to discussion questions so I can check for understanding beyond multiple choice. Availability of a middle school edition to extend for accelerated readers.

Verdict: This tool makes nonfiction texts accessible at all levels k-6 and is aligned to common core standards. Literacy is key, and promoted in a rich way by this tool.

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

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Usage: I would use this in daily instruction to integrate non-fiction text to present subject matter. I would also use it to evaluate the students for comprehension.

Strengths: One thing it does really well is that it reads the content aloud to the child. It's also available in Spanish, it not only translates the words you hear but also the words you see.

Suggestions for Improvement: One thing it does really well is that it reads the content aloud to the child. One thing they could add to build upon this is to have the words light up- especially for the k-1 level. This will make it easier for student to follow along.

Verdict: I would recommend it because it is up to date content and relevant to today's news. It also is interactive and on grade level.

Heather, Tech Coordinator / Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use Time for Kids app to reinforce reading skills while teaching about current events, science, history, etc. I could use it with most all of my students ( I teach PK-5 computer class).

Strengths: Wonderful use of images, timelines, etc. good personalization options for reading, very engaging.

Suggestions for Improvement: Cost is an issue, and unfortunately, this resource may not sell itself to a principal with budget constraints. Young children (PK-K) wouldn't be able to do much except listen to the articles.

Verdict: Time for Kids has an easy-to-use layout and is very visually appealing. I love the leveled text choice and text-to-speech function, as well as the quizzes and ability to track student data.

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

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Usage: I would use it in small group reading instruction and also assign it as homework.

Strengths: It has a quiz function, interactive features like polls, and the teacher can assign it for homework as too. I like the text to speech as well.

Suggestions for Improvement: Each grade level issue can have three different levels of reading (below, on, and above grade level) so that it can be used for differentiation.

Verdict: I think because it has the interactive and quiz functions to the magazine, it'll be more engaging to the students than just having them read it. However, the price for a class set might be a challenge for getting it at my school.

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

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Usage: I could use it for homework, read to self time, during small group. During whole group time it could be used for close reading or building background knowledge.

Strengths: Imbedded vocab and videos, love this. Assessments at the end of reading, which enables teachers to track progress.

Suggestions for Improvement: Have the capability to click on any word for a definition and or video. Make it more student interactive by allowing students decide what words they don't know. Also, allow for annotation.

Verdict: It is an interactive text that can be used for independent or whole group lessons.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this app as a supplement to my curriculum. It would address the ELA standards I have meet in a year.

Strengths: Some of the strengths of this program are the universal access features, being able to change reading level, and the Spanish option.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see it available on more devices besides ipads. Currently my school doesn't have access to multiple ipads for a classroom.

Verdict: I would recommend this app because if the multimedia approach to reading. It would provide a more accessible point of contact for background knowledge.

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