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Teacher Needs
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.
Music Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: This is a behavioral tracking monitoring and feedback system that allows the teacher to note patterns of behavior. Students can also see their own tracking and also have a chance to put in feedback AND report any possible bullying anonymously, I believe. The teachers ca see what other teachers write that come into contact with the students and see what others may be doing to modify behaviors, if any.

Strengths: Total communication among staffing and also incorporating the student's feedback would be very valuable, it seems.

Suggestions for Improvement: Since I haven't used it since I just heard about it at EdSurge, I don't have any recommendations at this time. However, if there are ways got teachers/administrators to see some color coding or alerts for students that seems higher at risk for behavior or academic problems it would be good. These may already be in ace, bit I do not know.

Verdict: Tracking and modifying student behavior for the better is always a good thing if it helps the student. The principal and all parties can see the total picture of the student in order to help the student if necessary.

Teacher, Ed Tech Rep, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: This is a student conduct/community service tracker that connects admin, teachers, students, and families to the culture of the school and the individual behavior and management of students. We have some issues with culture and I think this would work well with our district wide adoption of restorative justice

Strengths: Pretending I don't know the price of this product, it seems like a crisp way to track and promote collaborative conduct and supplant disruptive behaviors. I'm not exactly sure how it would work with restorative practices but I think it has the potential to give detailed immediate info to families as well as, support staff on individual students.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. price. So an entire district could adopt it and training and ease of use would be a no brainer. (Staff could help each other.)
2. make sure IT wouldn't need to be involved
3. Have a way to invite families to choose their preferred communication mode (messaging, auto call, email)

Verdict: I would like to try it before advocating for it. It seems like it would work well with our adoption of restorative practices.

General Ed Teacher, School Type: Elementary School
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I'd use this product to track student behavior over time.

Strengths: I like how the product keeps everyone on the school team informed in real time. The function where you notify the secretary/principal that a student is coming up to the office, with the reason listed, will help streamline the behavior modification process.

Suggestions for Improvement: The pricing is a little steep for a year subscription. Schools might turn away because of this.

I'd like to be able to customize the names of different functions to correlate with a behavior system my school already has in place. This way we could possibly phase ours out while phasing Yooply in, instead of waiting till we aren't worried about the money we've wasted on another product.

It'd be nice to have this as an app as well, so that teachers can log in behavior on the fly.

Verdict: This product keeps everyone on the same page: teachers, parents, administrators, support staff, and students.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: This website would be used mainly to communicate positive comments about student behavior and student referrals and discipline/challenges to our school office. It would create behavior history for challenging students.

The exciting use of the site would be to give the office LOTS of wonderful things to talk about when they make announcements and would not need to solicit positive comments from teachers.

Strengths: Strengths:
- Instant messages for admin staff and other teachers.
- More data on challenging students from teacher to teacher
- ability to build positive community with students

Suggestions for Improvement: Teachers could be frustrated "having to remember" to use the system.

Would be "cool" it is was integrated with classroom DOJO.

To make it easier to use perhaps the system could pop up a student or 2 each day for teachers to make positive comments on.

Verdict: Reasons to recommend:
- Behavior challenge tracking.
- Positive comment tracking.
- paper reducing system for referrals

Some teachers may not wish to use it as they will would not want to have to make positive comments for all students as this may feel like a "task" to some overwhelmed teachers.

K Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I would recommend it but, I am a support- library staff. So, I don't have my own students or like classroom teachers.

Strengths: I like that there are so many different things that you can track, character, discipline, other areas. I think that it would be very helpful to know immediately where students are at all times- especially if they are in the bathroom, or outside of the classroom it will alert admin and school monitors of the whereabouts of students on campus.

Suggestions for Improvement: Uploading students pictures.
Friendlier interface---can you change the colors, boxes?
Are the any certificates or rewards that are tied to program---ex. online certificates or reward certificates that could be printed based on how well students have done academically, with character traits, and discipline?

Verdict: I think that it needs a more friendlier interface. Just looks a bit boring

K Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I would recommend it but, I am a support- library staff. So, I don't have my own students or like classroom teachers.

Strengths: I like that there are so many different things that you can track, character, discipline, other areas. I think that it would be very helpful to know immediately where students are at all times- especially if they are in the bathroom, or outside of the classroom it will alert admin and school monitors of the whereabouts of students on campus.

Suggestions for Improvement: Uploading students pictures.
Friendlier interface---can you change the colors, boxes?
Are the any certificates or rewards that are tied to program---ex. online certificates or reward certificates that could be printed based on how well students have done academically, with character traits, and discipline?

Verdict: I think that it needs a more friendlier interface. Just looks a bit boring

Ray, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: The interface doesn't seem user friendly and there are too many options. I don't think it would work well in a Kindergarten classroom.

Strengths: I like how this product can collect data, cutting down on the amount of meetings that teachers and administrators may have. If applicable, it makes sense for teachers to track their students whereabouts. It is also easily customized so that teachers can track the data that they think is important.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Make it more aesthetically pleasing for students to feel engaged.
2. Make the interface less cluttered so that teachers are not afraid of it.
3. Make it easily accessible to parents, so they can track their student's progress.

Verdict: I don't think it is user friendly. Our staff that is generally a little intimidated by technology might be overwhelmed by so many options. The student view doesn't seem to be that engaging or aesthetically pleasing.

Tech Integration Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: There are almost too many features that I kind of feel overwhelmed.

Strengths: I like that it works well with PBIS. There are lots of options to customize it. I can see it being more useful in grades 6-12.

Suggestions for Improvement: The design interface is not visually appealing - the font and images are way too small. There are almost too many ways to customize that it is overwhelming - maybe the program gives suggestions so that you don't have to make so many choices. I would like a TK-5 version that is more user friendly.

Verdict: The user interface is not visually appealing and there are too many features. I can see how teachers would find it overwhelming.

Counselor, School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: Schoolwide! I love this awesome tool to keep tract of where all the kids are! It's like a little map to track students and their activities. Awesome tools for out staff, especially to track the restroom kids, the detention kids, and just a great tool.

Strengths: Point system to notify kids on their standing and to teachers to be aware of where kids are! we don't have a detention tool to keep track of kids, this can be of great help! Parents aware of their kids' acts.

Suggestions for Improvement: diverse languages to keep diverse parents on top of their kids.

Verdict: So convenient!!! Restorative justice based. Keeps track of where kids are. Notifies where kids are. Helps teachers and parents.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population
Oct 24, 2015

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Usage: I think this could be a great way to track student discipline.

Strengths: I like how I can give a referral quickly and fill it out later. The principal can see that my student got a referral right away so they are informed about what's going on. The students can see how they are doing. You can give positive shout out's as well.

Suggestions for Improvement: I think it would be great for 2nd grade and up. I am concerned about how kinder and 1st grades would use it.

Verdict: Teachers, students and administrators are all on the same page regarding interventions and behaviors for each student. It looks easy to use and teacher friendly.

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