Teacher Review For Understood

Understood Helps Us Understand Academically Challenged Kids

Chris C.
Classroom teacher
Concordia International School Shanghai
Pudong, 31
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Understood is impressive for teacher professional development sessions dedicated to supporting teachers who work with academically challenged kids. It is actually “fun” and frustrating at the same time. Understood is just as effective in helping parents understand their child’s frustrations. Hear my review at: http://21clradio.com/understood-helps-us-understand-academically-challenged-kids-tech-tools-daily-156/
My Take
Overview Understood is a web resource that explains through experience the frustrations that our children who are challenged academically face every day. The site helps us understand our kids in a three-step process. First, we hear from a child who is challenged in a particular area, and then an expert. Next we experience a simulation tied to the challenge that is, believe me, always frustrating. Finally, the expert returns with targeted advice on how to relate with the child. If this were all that the site did I would deem it a success. But it goes so much farther! Common Sense Media follows up with teacher-reviewed suggestions for EdTech apps and services that relate specifically to the challenge being addressed. Not only does the user grow more knowledgeable of challenges faced and more empathetic to the child, but that knowledge and empathy can be turned immediately into effective action to support the child Concerns None Do I plan to use it? I already have. Every school has kids who are challenged to function effectively within the structure of our K-12 system. Commitment and Learning Curve None Best for ES , MS or HS? All Cost: Free! Website Link: https://www.understood.org/en