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Fortify learning with assignment scaffolding, feedback, and support
Pros: Free, well-designed program gives students immediate support and compiles the data to help inform and improve instruction.
Cons: Creating content and editing included materials requires much time and energy; overall assignment effectiveness depends on teacher time investment.
Bottom Line: With purposeful planning, it's a solid tool for gathering critical data to support students' academic growth.
Deliver solid content, crunch data with connected LMS/grading platform
Pros: Beyond the grading and reporting platform, there are useful instruction and assessment tools like wikis, flash cards, and quizzes.
Cons: Success hinges on consistent use from all stakeholders, and making the most of all the features can be overwhelming.
Bottom Line: With time-saving tools and accessible third-party content, this gradebook is a solid choice for its extensive, district-level features.
Cool organization and eportfolio tool; watch out for privacy features
Pros: Nice features for creating eportfolios, sharing class materials, and finding student and teacher resources.
Cons: Sometimes-complex tools and limited visual appeal might hinder interest, and binders are public with a free account.
Bottom Line: A good tool for its organizational, storage, and digital publishing features.
Simplify communication, collaboration, and document sharing
Pros: Easy-to-learn interface, integrates with lots of apps and websites, able to seamlessly collect and share G Suite documents.
Cons: Parent access is limited, there's no true gradebook, and document ownership can be confusing.
Bottom Line: Google Classroom is a great way to manage and organize learning, though teachers who need more features may need to look elsewhere
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.