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Feb 18 2016 - 07:00 PM
Brightloop
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Brightloop is a free software system for teachers to monitor individual student progress toward goals. Brightloop allows teachers to document student observations, upload lesson plans, align with standards or objectives, and sync across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Pros:

Created by a teacher, Brightloop is designed to respond to the common teacher frustration at capturing daily student insights in a meaningful, systematic, and usable way. On Brightloop, you create a profile for each student. Teachers can create groups of students by subject and class, as well as subgroups of students. Number counters next to each student’s profile picture show how many times you’ve checked in with that student, allowing teachers to allot their attention to students they might have missed. Pictures of student work, written observations, and progress toward goals can be quickly captured. Testimonies from elementary, upper grade, and special education teachers demonstrate tremendous appreciation for this resource in conferencing with students and families, reflecting on progress throughout a period of time, and progressing toward goals. The fact that it’s free makes it even more popular!

Cons:

Brightloop is a young company, founded in 2013, and is constantly seeking feedback and improving. Just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year, they rolled out the updated version that simplified the interface and added features such as a quick parent email button. In the coming months, we can expect additions for tracking student behavior and an adjusted design to allow teachers to view student notes and goals more quickly. These changes may result in some bumpy moments for teachers as the product continues to evolve.

Our Takeaway:

Brightloop reflects a deep appreciation for the experience of teachers and fills a gap in products available to track students in a way that fits the teacher’s goals, insights, and needs.

Image: Brightloop Logo via Brightloop Blog