Teacher Review for Smart Seat

Great app for organizing student information--seating, attendance and student notes all in one place!

Catherine B.
Classroom teacher
Copper Mesa Elementary (Highlands Ranch, CO)
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Small group
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
This is a great go-to app for teachers who teach multiple sections and need a way to keep track of student information. As a technology teacher with over 20 sections and 500 students, I appreciate the ability to create multiple classes, change seating layouts, take/upload images of students (so helpful for putting a name to a face and visa versa!), take attendance and add any notes about a student (IEP accommodations, parent contact info, etc.) I especially like the ability to upload rosters from an Excel file--this makes adding multiple students quick and easy. Being able to export data via email and print charts is also a great feature.
My Take
Though this app does directly impact students, it certainly helps with teacher organization and productivity. I am better able to engage and communicate with my students when I have information about them, their learning and their place in the classroom at my fingertips. I like the ability "random student chooser" feature---I can do quick checks to see if students are engaged and participating. One improvement I might make would the option to see the student image directly on the seating chart, without having to click on their name.